If you’re in your 30s or older you would have lived through the fat-free era and are living the high fat era. I’m willing to bet that you may be very confused as to what’s the real story about fats and how much we need to consume.
There are 3 main types of fats:
- saturated (animal fats and some oils such as coconut oil)
- monounsaturated (olive oil, avocados, peanuts and other nuts)
- polyunsaturated (fish oil, canola, sunflower etc)
Consuming fats present in whole foods is good for health. The fat that we should be wary of comes in the form of heavily processed and non-perishable foods. These types of fats are transfats, hydrogenated fats (e.g margarine) and most shelf stable cooking oils (soybean, corn oil, etc)
Dietary fats are responsible for:
- providing energy
- producing and balancing hormones
- forming cell membranes
- forming and maintain the health of the brain and nervous system
- transporting nutrients
- providing the essential fatty acids(omega-3 and omega-6)
Here’s a list of foods that are mainly made up of fat
- olive oil
- canola oil
- nut oils
- raw nuts
- nut butters
- coconut oil
- whole milk
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