What is a Healthy Fat? June 10, 2016

by Trisha Our Recipes

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Fat is bad, right? Well, it might not be so black-and-white.

Believe it or not, there are different types of fats!  The fats that are considered “good” help protect against heart disease, encourage brain strength and build healthy skin, hair and nails.  The fats that are considered “bad” have been linked to increased risk of heart disease, obesity and other health problems.  Ideally, you want to choose more foods that contain the “good” fats and limit the amount of foods that contain the “bad” fats.

Fats that you want to limit are saturated.  These are found in animal products like milk, cheese, dark meats, and eggs.  Trans-fats are an especially bad type fat usually found in deep fried or highly refined foods.

What to look for:

  • Salmon and oily fish
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Lean meats (breast is a good cut)
  • Avocado

Health benefits:

  • lowers cholesterol
  • helps control blood sugar
  • lower risk of heart disease

 

 

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