While you may stick to a low-fat diet to lose weight and manage cholesterol there are certain fats that deserve a place in your diet. Naturopathic Nutritionist Amy Morris tells us facts you didn’t know about dietary fats.
#1 Healthy fats are needed for the body to function optimally
Fat should form an essential part of your diet as they are required to regulate hormone production, absorb certain nutrients, and also help the repair and growth of tissue. So, ensure that you supplement your diet with good fats to ensure a healthy balance.
#2 The body does not react the same way to all types of fats
Not all dietary fats can be harmful to your health, and a good example of this is coconut oil. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which is readily converted into energy by your body rather than being stored as fat. Plus, coconut oil can be ideal if you are diabetic as it won’t cause any spike in blood sugar levels. Did you know coconut oil can help you lose weight?
#3 Trans- fats are bad fats that you must avoid
Trans-fats have been associated with obesity, hypertension and heart disease. But while you avoid meat and dairy products that contain a small amount of naturally occurring trans-fats, remember that the most dangerous types of trans-fats is found in baked goods, margarine, snacks, and fried food.
#4 Consuming lots of Omega 6 rich foods will not keep you in great health
Omega 6 fatty acids which are often touted as healthy fat should be consumed in moderation. Vegetable oils commonly used in cooking, are much higher in omega 6 than omega 3. With a rise in their use, there can be a very unhealthy balance of these important fats which can negate their health benefits.
#5 Fats do not cause heart disease
Saturated fats might have earned a bad reputation for the health of your heart, but there is good evidence that unsaturated fats prevent heart disease by regulating your cholesterol levels. Choosing healthy fats can also prevent diabetes. Olive oil, avocados, almonds and some nuts are good sources of unsaturated fats.
#6 Fat-free foods won’t keep you slim
A fat-free label on your food does not mean that it won’t show on your waistline. Cutting the number of calories is the key to weight loss. Many fat-free foods are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates that add on to the number of calories you are consuming.