With all this talk about fat, let’s talk about the good stuff. As mentioned before, our bodies do need fat to function at their best. Among other things, fat plays a role in the absorption of certain vitamins, hormone production and keeping us full and satisfied! So what are the fats that we want to include in our diets most often? Unsaturated fats, both poly and mono unsaturated.
Unlike saturated and trans fats, unsaturated fats can actually help to lower bad cholesterol levels in the body. These healthy fats generally come from plant sources such as avocadoes, nuts, non-hydrogenated margarines and plant oils (with the exception of coconut and palm oils). Non-plant sources of these healthy fats are cold water fish, which contain heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Including these fats in your diet on a daily basis will help promote good health, especially when replacing them for saturated and trans fats.
- use avocado on a sandwhich instead of cheese
- cook with non-hydrogenated margarine or oil instead of butter
- add nuts to your morning oatmeal
- make your own salad dressing using olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- eat fish at least 2 times per week