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Decoding Healthy Fats

24 Aug 2015
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It's being ages now that doctors, dietitians & nutritionist advice that a low-fat diet is a key to losing weight, managing cholesterol, & preventing health problems. 

But more than just the amount of fat, it's the types of fat you eat that really matter. Bad fats increase cholesterol & your risk of certain diseases, while good fats protect your heart & support overall health. 

 

TYPES OF FATS:

There are mainly two major types of fats:

 

Good Fat:

Take care of your body, that's the only place you have to live in!!! Monounsaturated fats & polyunsaturated fats are known as the "good fats" because they are good for your heart, your cholesterol, & your overall health. 

Bad Fat:

Saturated fats & trans fats are known as "bad fats" because they increase your risk of disease & elevate cholesterol.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING HEALTHY FATS:

  • Try to eliminate trans fats from your diet.

  • Check food labels for trans fats.

  • Avoid commercially baked products. Also, limit fast food.

  • Limit your intake of saturated fats by cutting back on red meat & full fat.

  • Try replacing red meat with beans, nuts, poultry, & fish whenever possible & switch from whole milk & other full-fat dairy foods to lower-fat versions.

  • Eat omega-3 fats every day. Good sources include fish, walnuts, etc.

  • Include flaxseed oil, canola oil, & soybean oil in your day-to-day life.

 


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