Fats Are Not All Bad

For years, nutritionists and doctors have preached that a low-fat diet is the key to losing weight, managing cholesterol, and preventing health problems. But more than just the amount of fat, it’s the types of fat you eat that really matter.

Bad fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, while good fats protect your heart and support overall health. In fact, good fats—such as omega-3 fats—are essential to physical and emotional health.

A walk down the grocery aisle will confirm our obsession with low-fat foods. We’re bombarded with supposedly guilt-free options: baked potato chips, fat-free ice cream, low-fat candies, cookies, and cakes. But while our low-fat options have exploded, so have obesity rates. Clearly, low-fat foods and diets haven’t delivered on their trim, healthy promises.

Despite what you may have been told, fat isn’t always the bad guy in the waistline wars. Bad fats, such as saturated fats and trans fats, are guilty of the unhealthy things all fats have been blamed for—weight gain, clogged arteries, and so forth. But good fats such as the monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s have the opposite effect.

As a matter of fact, healthy fats play a huge role in helping you manage your moods, stay on top of your mental game, fight fatigue, and even control your weight.

The answer isn’t cutting out the fat—it’s learning to make healthy choices and to replace bad fats with good ones that promote health and well-being.

Choosing Fats: Replace Bad Ones With Good Ones

Good Fats – To Keep In Your Diet

  • Coconut Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Nut Oils (Walnut, Pecan, Macadamia)
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Avacado
  • Nuts & Seeds (Including Nut & Seed Butters)
  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Tallow
  • Schmaltz (Chicken Fat)
  • Lamb Fat
  • Duck Fat
  • Full Fat Dairy
  • Eggs, Meat, Seafood

 

Bad Fats – To Ditch From Your Diet

  • Margarine
  • Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  • Man-Made Trans Fats Often Found In Butter Spreads Including Oil Blends Such As Earth Balance, I Can’t Believe It’s  Not Butter, Benecol
  • Canola Oil (Rapeseed Oil)
  • Corn Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  •  Grapeseed Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

Source:  Balanced Bites

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