Isn’t “Healthy Fat” an oxymoron?
Your body needs dietary fat to function properly, and most people aren’t getting it right. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that the total amount of fat in the diet is not linked with weight or disease. What really matters is the type of fat in the diet. Bad fats, meaning trans and saturated fats, increase the risk for certain diseases. Good fats, meaning monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, do just the opposite.
In addition to being a good energy source, fat carries vitamins A, D, E, and K, and is a nutrient necessary for the production of cell membranes. Healthy dietary fat helps you maintain healthy hair and skin, protects vital organs, keeps your body insulated, and provides a long-lasting sense of fullness after meals.
Healthy dietary fats are found in high concentrations in canola, peanut, and olive oils; avocados; nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans; and seeds such as pumpkin and sesame seeds (monounsaturated). Healthy fats are also highly concentrated in sunflower, corn, soybean, and flaxseed oils, and also in foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, and fish (polyunsaturated). Omega-3 fats, which are popular in the supplement industry, are an important type of fat. The body can’t make these, so they must come from food (e.g., fish, flax seeds, walnuts, and certain plant-based oils) or supplements.
A private nutrition consultation can help you determine what should be the proper percentage of healthy fat to include in your eating plan. BodyRefinery would be happy to set up an appointment to meet with you at your convenience. Call us 888-205-0075
(Source: www.mayoclinic.com, www.hsph.harvard.edu)