Let's talk Fat(s)

Fats get such a bad rep. Sure, there are definitely fats that you shouldn't eat, but healthy fats are actually important to have in your diet. 

So you may be thinking - what is a healthy fat? 

  • Avocados - this is such an easy one to get into your every day meals

  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts)

  • Nut Butters

  • Olive Oil & Olives

  • Fish

...to name a few. Why are they important to incorporate into your day? 

  • Have you ever heard the term "fat-soluble?" What that means is when you eat something that is fat-soluble there are nutrients in there that actually need the fat to be absorbed. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble. So if you are eating a really nutritious salad, but you don't have a fat (olive oil, avocado, etc.) with it then your body isn't actually able to absorb and benefit from all of the nutrients in those food.

  • Healthy Fats are a major fuel source for your body. These are the main source for storing energy in the body.

  • The right kind of fats (polyunsaturated fats) lower cholesterol levels. Raise your hand if you know someone who has cholesterol issues and is on some form of medication for it! *Raises Hand*.

There are different kinds of fats which I am sure you noticed from that last bullet point. The healthy fats that I listed above are all unsaturated fats. It is important to know the difference between the different kinds of fats because not all fats are created equal. 

Saturated Fats (fatty cuts of meat, chicken skin, dairy, palm oil, etc.) are not good for you. In fact they are linked to increased risk of heart disease and high cholesterol. 

There are two kinds of Unsaturated Fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). I'm not going to bore you or confuse you with what the difference is, but just know that you want to be eating unsaturated fats NOT saturated fats for a healthy lifestyle. 

**WARNING: Trans Fats were once unsaturated fats that have been highly processed and now behave as saturated fats - avoid!

What is your favorite unsaturated fat to add to your daily meals?

-SS