For most of us, the word FAT is a bad word. What words come to your mind when you here that word, poor diet, greasy foods, unhealthy people, etc.. There is more to this story on fat though. There are fats that are essential to our health, these are the good fats. There are the typical bad fats we should all avoid too, we must learn the difference!
Trans fats are the ugly, mean, unhealthy ones. Keep your eyes pealed for this nasty monster. He comes in a lot of different forms, margarine, cookies, fried foods, and even crackers! Manufacturers use these trans fats to prolong the shelf life of many products. The bad news is, trans fats shortens our “shelf life” Trans fats does a lot of bad things to our beautiful bodies, disrupts cell to cell communication, increase inflammation, lowers good cholesterol and raises the bad cholesterol.. just to name a few. These deadly combos can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer too.
You should also minimize saturated fats. These are found in high fat meats, dairy, and palm oil. Everything in moderation! A lot of saturated fats do contain a lot of vitamins such as A, D, and E. Be careful though, because an excess in these fats can contribute to weight gain and plaque
build up. Again, moderation is key!
The good fats is where it is at! These healthy fats support brain function, cardiovascular and cellular health, and your immune system! Our bodies DO need fats to properly function. It is all about which fats your choose. Olive oils, nuts, and avocados, all have monounsaturated fats, and in moderation these fats are fabulous! They help balance your cholesterol, control inflammation and support heart health, what is not to love!
Omega 3 fatty acids contain polyunsaturated fats that can be found in tofu, walnut oil, and fatty fish. The omega 3 fats boost brain functions and aids in weight loss. This might seem counter-intuitive, omega 3 fats and weight loss. The facts are that they improve overall fat metabolism and process glucose! It can also help in suppressing your appetite, that can help out your waistline as well 😉
So those of us that saw or participated in the anti fat obsession of the 90’s, this info could be asking a lot to change your views on fat. Bottom line, there is no questioning the fact that dietary fat is needed for good health! Be sure you are choosing healthy fats.. and like with everything else, moderation!
What is your experience with adding or taking fats out of your diet? Do know understand which are “good” and which are “naughty” fats?