Eating Too Little Healthy Fats is Bad For You

Assorted Foods with Good Fats

It's a proven fact that some fats are actually good for you. Your body needs them to survive. The key is knowing which fats are good and which ones are bad and what types of food are known for containing either one. For example, saturated tats are found in many types of meat, dairy, and cheese products. They are also found in highly processed foods and those that have been deep fried or baked. Trans fats have been proven to be harmful to the heart and cardiovascular system, but many are hidden in foods and labeled so that the information is misleading. Coconut and palm oil are both "natural" ingredients but high in saturated or trans fats making them a poor choice for anyone's diet.

The Body Needs Good Fats

Polyunsaturated fats are good fats that the body needs to for many functions, including reactions in the brain. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are examples of polyunsaturated fats that travel through the blood stream, attaching themselves to unhealthy fat molecules and removing them from the body. This prevents the unhealthy fats from clogging the arteries or ending up in fat deposits as excess weight. Soybeans, tofu, nuts, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sunflowers have an abundance of polyunsaturated fats that help the body function more efficiently. 

Redefine Your Menu Plan

Redefining your diet and adding foods that contain Omega 3-, 6- and 9-fatty acids is a good start. Removing harmful oils and processed foods is another positive step. The next thing is to learn how to prepare your foods without adding oils and fat that can end up damaging your heart and making your circulatory more sluggish. Evaluate your diet and find out what kind of fats you consume on a daily basis. You may be surprised at what you find!


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