The 411 on Healthy Fats

Today, we’re talking all about the difference between good and bad fat (yes, there is a such thing as good fat!) Read on to get the scoop.

What is fat?

Fat is a type of nutrient that the body needs for various reasons. This includes energy, vitamin absorption, and maintaining heart and brain health. Though some fats can be damaging, there are some necessary, healthy fats too.

The Good

Good fats play a huge role in your mood, mental strength, fatigue and even weight control. Good fats include monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. A plethora of foods contain these healthy fats. Foods with monounsaturated fat include olive oil, avocados, olives and nuts. Foods with polyunsaturated fat include seeds, walnuts, fatty fish, soy milk and tofu.

These fats can actually lower risk of heart disease, lower triglycerides, blood pressure and HDL cholesterol. Omega-3’s are a branch of polyunsaturated fats and has a plethora of health benefits. You can find omega-3’s in fatty fish, seeds, edamame, eggs, brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and beans.

The Bad

Unhealthy fats include artificial trans fats and saturated fat. These cause the extra inches on your waistline, clogged arteries, high cholesterol and increased risk of some diseases.

Trans fat can naturally occur in meats and dairy, but artificial trans fats is what to watch out for. It raises bad LDL cholesterol, lowers the food and also create inflammation. They are mainly in commercially baked pastries, package snack foods and fried foods.

Saturated fat can also raise bad LDL levels. Naturally, this fat is found is red meat, whole-fat dairy products, butter, ice cream and palm oil.

 

Needless to say, we can see now why avocado toast has become so popular the past few years! Check out our avocado, fish, and kale recipes for some inspiration for baby.

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