One of the reasons why “diets” do not work is because they are often too restrictive. Many diets emphasize the extreme reduction of fat. However, we believe fat gets a bad rap. It’s not the consumption that can lead to becoming overweight or obese, but rather overeating. The body needs certain levels of fat to function properly. It is used to help produce hormones, deliver vitamins A, D, E and K help you feel full and build muscle…just to name a few of the benefits. So the question is, what types of fats should be consumed?
All fats are not created equal. Unhealthy fats such as trans fat and saturated fats found in certain cuts of meat, fried foods and processed foods can cause major problems if not consumed in moderation. Over time, if these types of fat are eaten frequently, they will raise cholesterol levels, clog arteries and increase the risk of obesity and chronic disease such as heart disease and cancer.
Healthy fats or unsaturated fats found in fish, nuts, olive oil and avocados, just to name a few, increase the overall health of the body. Healthy fats help lower bad cholesterol levels and can aid in the prevention of weight gain.
According to the American Heart Association, total fat consumed per day should be approximately 25-35% of total calories. Healthy fats make great flavor enhancements, toppings, snacks, etc. It’s true, you can enjoy fats and get healthy at the same time!
American Heart Association. Know your fats. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/