Confused About Healthy Fats?
Fat is one of those taboo words when it comes to losing weight. After all, it’s the thing that we try to lose when we’re on diets.
Fat isn’t all that bad for you, though, at least the right kinds of fat.
Believe it or not, but fat plays an important part in our overall health. If we didn’t have any fat, major functions of our bodies would stop working.
As you’ve already found out, fat is a major source of energy. It also aids in vitamin and mineral absorption. Fat is also essential for building cell membranes and acting as protection for our vital organs.
Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
There are several different types of fats that you should be aware of, and it’s helpful to know which ones you should avoid and which ones you should make a part of your diet.
Trans Fats is considered bad fat and should be avoided. They raise LDL cholesterol (bad) levels and lower HDL cholesterol (good) levels.
Most trans fat found in the foods we eat is manufactured as partially hydrogenated oil. You’ll find this manufactured oil in foods such as most fried food, microwave popcorn, baked goods that use shortening, and even frozen baked goods.
Some meat and dairy products also contain small amounts of trans fat.
Saturated fats have many health benefits as long as you eat them in moderation.
You can find saturated fat in dairy, such as butter, ghee, whole milk, and cheese. Grass-fed meat is also a good source of saturated fat, as well as coconut oil.
When it comes to your health, as long as you moderate how much saturated fat you eat, your heart, brain, and even immune system may benefit from it.
Monounsaturated Fats and Polyunsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are the best source of fat you can include within your diet.
Common sources of monounsaturated fats are avocados, many nuts, olive oil, canola oil, and other nut oils.
Along with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats should be consumed in place of trans fats and saturated fats as much as possible.
Polyunsaturated fats are commonly found in cooking oils, like corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids make up polyunsaturated fats and are essential to your overall health.
Omega-3 deficiencies are common and so including foods such as salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds can help boost levels.
Polyunsaturated fats promote brain health, can improve cholesterol levels, and build healthy cells.
Fight Fat With Fat
A diet that consists of the right types of fats can make all the difference in the way you look and feel.
Your system’s meal plan gives you recommended sources of fat to boost energy and weight loss.
Sticking to your meal plan will help you to begin seeing results, all while eating foods you enjoy.