Benefits of eating fat. (Yes, there are benefits)

Posted on October 6, 2011

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Not all fats are bad! Promise. Please quit buying things because they are fat-free or low-fat. Please. It’s not a fun way to live, nor is it going to help you control your weight or help your heart.  Fat will not make you gain weight if you eat sensible portions, and healthy fat can benefit your heart.

There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated, and trans fat

Saturated and trans fat are the two bad fats.  Watch out for these.  Limit saturated fats and avoid trans fats as much as possible.

On the other hand, unsaturated fat is healthier.  Now, don’t go overboard on healthy fats, but do eat healthy fat.  It is best to replace saturated and trans fat with unsaturated fat.

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Increase your intake of monounsaturated fats (avocado, olive and canola oil). Try topping a salad with avocado slices, or cook with olive or canola oil instead of butter. Also, eat fatty fish at least 2 times a week. Maybe have salmon for dinner one night and tuna salad for lunch later that week.  Consider taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, but make sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

Why am I writing blog posts about fat? Well, it’s extremely important for bodily functions. Here are some benefits healthy fat provides your body:

  • helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, and K)
  • provides satiety and taste to meals
  • helps prevent blood clots
  • lowers blood pressure
  • lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind of cholesterol)
  • provides phytochemicals that act as antioxidants
  • can fight inflammation in the body

Bottom line: Replace saturated and trans fats with healthy unsaturated fats!

Meme

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