Fats

Sharing another page from my upcoming book, Healthy Living Everyday….It is fascinating that a three letter word can cause so much fear! Fat got a bad rap when the U.S. Dietary Guidelines in the 70s, made fat out as the ultimate villain. Yes, you need to avoid the unhealthy fats, processed fats, refined oils, and any trans fats made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation.

There are healthy fats such as saturated and unsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats that can decrease the risk of heart disease by lowering levels of blood cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for cardiovascular health, assist with weight loss, and may reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease inflammation.

Did you know that your body cannot make fats? Triglycerides, cholesterol and other essential fatty acids assist with storing energy, insulating us, protecting our vital organs, acting as messengers helping proteins do their jobs. Healthy fats help the body accumulate certain nutrients as well.

Yes, there are some yummy healthy fats. Avocado, olives, olive oil, are excellent monounsaturated fat sources. Dietary fat aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K, while helping regulate hunger and body temperature, Healthy fats provide essential fatty acids that the body does not produce on its own.

Are you looking for some high omega-3 oils? Borage, cod liver, krill, hemp, salmon are great to incorporate into your eating regime. Marine oil is commonly used in gel capsules.
Macadamia nuts earn a unique distinction above other nuts and seeds due to less objectionable omega-6:omega-3 ratios, high monounsaturated fat content and superior nutritional and antioxidant values.

Coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk…unsweetened is best.

If you have issues digesting even the healthier fats, then you can look into supplementing with an enzyme with lipase.

Track your food regime in a journal and observe how you look and feel and remember balanced meals and everything in moderation.

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