Fats are an important part of our diet. Our bodies can’t function properly if we avoid fats completely because fats provide important building blocks for many tissues in the body and brain (this is why no-fat diets can’t be sustained). However, eating too much fat — particularly too much of the wrong kinds of fat — is just as bad, as this can lead to significant health problems down the road, like heart attack and stroke. So it is important to become educated about the different kinds of fat and to know what a healthy low-fat diet looks like.
Here is all you need to know about dietary fats
- Omega 3 Fats – Power you Brian and reduces risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s. e.g Salmon, Flax seed.
- Monounsaturated Fat – Helps your body burn food more efficiently to protect against metabolic disease. e.g. Olive oil, Avocado.
- Polyunsaturated Fat – Small amounts can lower bad cholesterol and decrease risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. e.g. Canola Oil, Walnuts
- Saturated Fat – Doesn’t promote or prevent heart disease. e.g. Meat, Cheese.
- Medium Chain Triglycerides – Increases risk of heart disease. e.g. Palm oil, Macadamia nuts.
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids – Too much can cause inflammation that contributes to heart disease. e.g. Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil.
- Trans Fat – Clogs arteries and liver to cause heart disease. e.g. Margarine, Pie Crust.