In an obesity crisis world most people are used to hearing what they need to limit in their diets. Going beyond the obvious of cheeseburgers and fries as a whole, fats are a category that is considered unequivocally bad. However, the truth is that your body needs fat, but much like a facebook relationship from 2010, it’s complicated. It’s true that some fats should be avoided altogether, but there are some which offer key nutrients to your body, or can help you enjoy your favorite foods with less guilt. Today we are going to take a closer look at a few of these better fats and what they might have to offer you.
2. How to Shop for the Right Fats
Saturated fats are the least healthy, while polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are used for different things. To help you spot these in the supermarket, saturated fats are solid (butter, lard), polyunsaturated are always liquid (i.e. canola oil) and monounsaturated are usually liquid but semi solid when refrigerated (olive oil).
3. Health Benefits
Polyunsaturated fats contain those omega 3s and omega 6s you’ve probably heard so much about, and these are part of a healthy diet in moderation. In particular, omega 3s are great for their heart health and include anti-inflammatory benefits. When it comes to monounsaturated fats, they can help blood flow and lower cholesterol benefits, improving heart health as well and helping to lower the risk of heart disease.
Interested in applying the concepts of healthy fats in your kitchen? To begin with, try switching in healthier fats in exchange for saturated fats such as butter or lard. Some other foods such as avocado and nuts also contain these better fats, and experimenting with recipes including these foods is also an option. Try the recipes below to incorporate the concept of healthy fats into your diet:
Nutritional, Efficient & Simplistic
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