Healthier fats for a healthier body

By: Whitney Randall,  Nutritionist

You may hear these phrases often from family, friends, or even people on TV, “She’s on a low fat diet,” “I can’t eat that, it has too much fat in it!” Are all fats bad for you though? No, of course not! Your body uses fat to absorb some vitamins, to protect important organs like you heart and kidney’s, and to provide energy to your body. It is important to understand that there are fats that are better for you than others, and that fat in moderation is necessary for a healthy body. Now it’s time to figure out which ones are better for you and how to eat more of them!

The better fats are monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. These fats are good for you when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated and trans fat. So how can we make sure we are eating these fats? You may already be eating them without even knowing it. Foods containing healthier fats include nuts, seeds, avocados, peanut butter, olive oil, salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and vegetable oil.

The fats that are harmful to your health are saturated fat and trans fat. Trans fat are in many cookies, pie crusts, French fries, and doughnuts. Saturated fat is found in fatty beef, butter, pork, fried food, and some baked goods. Does this mean that you shouldn’t ever eat any of the foods listed? No, not at all. When eaten in moderation, you can enjoy all your favorite foods.

Graphic provided by: The American Heart Association.  Read more about the “Bad Fats Brothers” and the “Better Fats Sisters”at:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/MeettheFats/Meet-the-Fats_UCM_304495_Article.jsp

 

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