Let's Talk Fat
Let’s talk fat! There are so many opposing views when it comes to fat and the stance on dietary fat is constantly changing.
Your body NEEDS fat…but the kinds of fats you consume matter!
Fat can be classified as unsaturated, saturated, or trans fat.
Unsaturated fats are considered the ‘healthy’ fats. In this category there are monounsaturated fats (nuts, avocados, and olive oil) and polyunsaturated fats (essential fats- Omega 3 and Omega 6- found in fatty fish and flaxseed). Saturated fats are the controversial fats because in high dosages it can increase your “bad" cholesterol. However, recent research as shown that moderate amounts of saturated fats may also increases your “good” cholesterol. This kind of fat can be found in tropical oils (coconut, palm, cacao) as well as animal fats (meat and dairy products). Trans fats are hydrogenated and highly processed fats (baked goods and vegetable oils). These kinds of fats are typically man-made and have strong links to heart disease.
You’ve learned by now that eating healthy means eating REAL, WHOLE foods so there is no reason to fear fat. Dietary fats play numerous essential roles in health including hormone production, cell membrane formation, and absorption of nutrients.
When creating your plate- choose majorly unsaturated fats, moderate saturated fats, and very limited trans fats. Fats should be consumed in moderation (remember your thumbs are a good way to measure fats!). As always the focus should be on whole, unprocessed, high-quality foods.
Contact Kelly for a Nutrition Consultation if you’re interested in learning how to eat better, feel better, and develop a healthy relationship with food