The Truth About Fats
We have been told our whole lives that “fats are bad”, and many of us will spend a lot of energy trying to cut them out of our diets. News flash people, fats are an essential part to a balanced diet! The important thing is that you are choosing the right sources of fat. Are you not sure what that means? No worries--we are here to outline the good, the bad, and the in between.
Trans Fat is a Bad Fat
First thing first, avoid trans fats! These fats are not natural, and raise your bad cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid, and are found in a ton of processed foods like cakes, cookies, frozen pizza, margarine, and more. Avoid the temptation and cut trans fats out of your diet!
Saturated Fat is a Bad Fat
Although, not as bad as trans fats, saturated fats are another type of fat you should limit in your diet. Similarly to trans fats saturated fats raise your bad cholesterol, and also contain a lot of calories. They can be found in fatty meats, lard, cream, butter, and cheese. The American Heart Association suggests aiming for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat. That means if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fats.
Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats are Good
Finally, the good fats! Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are great for you because they are beneficial to your heart, cholesterol, and overall health. They are also a great source of Vitamin E, which most people are not getting enough of. Foods that are good sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats include many types of oils, avocados, nuts, seeds, fish, and peanut butter.
We hope that you now have a better understanding of the different kinds of fats out there. If you are looking for good sources of healthy fat we suggest checking out Boxtera’s Holy Guacamole Bites, Toffee Peanuts, or Barbecue Toasted Corn Bits.