Good Fats vs Bad Fats

June 21, 2021

Good Fats vs Bad Fats

Fats... a tricky & controversial topic.

Some people think that fat is good while others try to avoid it like it's a plague. 

That's why I am here to inform you about the difference between healthy fats anddd not so healthy fats.

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Healthy Fats

So what are the healthy fats you my ask? These are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

These specific fats can improve the blood's cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve the skin complexion, and more. Some foods that are make up of these healthy fats include:

Avocados

Sardines

Salmon

All types of nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc.) 

All types of seeds (flax, sunflower, chia, etc.)

Oils (flax, hemp, chia, olive, etc.)

All in all, healthy fats are an essential part of the human diet. They provide energy, promote healthy cell growth, and they are a vital part for the ability of the body to absorb vitamins. 

Not So Healthy Fats...

Now what are the unhealthy fats?...

The unhealthy fats that you should avoid are saturated and trans fats. Consuming these fats can cause blood cholesterol levels to raise, increase the risk of heart disease, cause obesity, and more.

In contrary, fats such as butter and coconut oil previously were deemed as 'bad,' but now individuals are realizing that they are actually both more beneficial than bad. Although this is so, some foods full of unhealthy fat that you need to avoid include:

Fried foods

Vegetable shortening

Lard

Processed foods

High-fat meats

In all, it's best to avoid products that include these specific fats to reach optimal health. 

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The bottom line is that not all fats are bad for you. Healthy fats are needed for proper body functioning. Ways I like to incorporate healthy fats into my diet is to make olive oil dressing for my salad, whip together a yummy piece of avocado toast, eat a handful of nuts every other day, and eat salmon & sardines at least once a week.

Don't be scared of these fats, embrace them and consume them for their amazing health benefits! Add them to your dishes and be creative with them!

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Research:

https://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/good-fats-vs-bad-fats#trans-fat





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