Fat is commonly scrutinized by the conventional ‘diet & health’ world. While there are some unhealthy fats (namely trans fats) it is important to understand that we need fat in our diet.
The common thought is that “fat makes you fat,” which is actually very misleading. Fat plays several important roles in the diet:
1. It helps the body absorb the fat soluble vitamin: A,D,E & K.
2. It helps keep us full for longer. This feeling of satiety will prevent us from snacking & overeating.
3. Helps to stabilize insulin (or blood sugar) levels.
4. Plays a vital role in brain development
Here are some examples of healthy forms of fat that you can add to your meals:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Nuts & Seeds
- Cheese (go for full fat or low-fat… choose lower caloric cheeses)
Now that you know some healthy fats to add into your diet, it would be helpful to know what fats to avoid. TRANS Fats are found in many packaged food products. You want to avoid these fats as they are linked to cancer, weight gain and diabetes. You also want to avoid vegetable oils, sunflower and safflower oils.
Small changes will help you reach your goals!