Fat

For a long time Fat was a word that was looked on as something dirty. We were told that it needed to be banished from our tables as much as possible, and that it was the cause of all evils. Everyone started eating low fat foods, but the switch didn’t make us any healthier. Why? Because not all fat is bad for you!

In the rush to exile fat from our plates, we cut down on the healthy fats too. And healthy fat is crucial for our health. It is a considerable source of energy, and is needed for muscle movement. It also lines our cells, protects our organs, and keeps us warm. Fat also helps our body to produce hormones, and even to absorb other nutrients.

So where can I get it?

Try to choose foods that provide good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). Aim to eat a diet with a priority placed on intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; includes poultry, fish, legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils and nuts; and limits intake of sodium, sweets, sugar sweetened beverages and red meats. Doing so means that your diet will be low in both saturated fats and trans fats.

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