Far too often, the word fat is often attached to negative connotations. In reality, fat is an essential aspect of our lives. As it functions in our body, fat provides energy, insulates, protects, and helps the body produce and regulate hormones. In our diet, the inclusion of fats helps our body to run the way it should.
When we think about how to incorporate fat into our diets, things can start to feel confusing. There are four major types of dietary fats, Saturated Fats, Trans Fats, Monounsaturated Fats and Polyunsaturated Fats. So which ones should we be regularly including in our diets and which ones should we be trying to avoid?
The simple answer is this. Trans fats and saturated fats have less than ideal effects on the body such as raising it’s levels of bad cholesterol in the body, whereas Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats can aid in bringing those levels down. Examples of where Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats can be found include avocados, nuts, sunflower oil and salmon.
While unsaturated fats can and should be a part of a healthy diet, keep in mind that a total cutoff of your favorite foods is not necessary. Make your dietary changes sustainable and make your journey to health work for you.
Keep moderation in mind, try to consistently make healthy choices and love the life you're living!