Good fat, bad fat, in between fat
This might sound like one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, but it’s important to understand how different types of fat can have a very different impact on your health
- Bad fats – such as trans fat – have no known health benefits and there is no safe level of consumption. Thankfully, many of these man-made fats are rapidly fading from our food supply
- In-between fats – such as saturated fats – are vey common in the American diet. These are fats that are typically solid at room temperature (think bacon grease.) The research is very mixed on the health benefit of in-between fats. It’s best to limit them in your diet
- Good fats – such as monounsaturated fats (think olive oil, avocados) and polyunsaturated fats (think corn oil, sunflower oil, and omega-3 fatty acids) are a healthy part of a well rounded diet
Eat more healthy fats
Need a few reasons to put more healthy fats into your diet?
- They lower your risk of cardiovascular disease
- They help improve your cholesterol level
- They help control your weight
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Want to make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats into your diet?
- Make sure your morning smoothie has some! Add a handful of nuts or use full fat yogurt
- Feel nauseated after taking your daily vitamin? Try taking them after a meal containing healthy fats, as vitamins A, D, E, and K need fat to be properly absorbed
- Mood swings driving your literally crazy? Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help with mild mood disorders.