For a couple of generations, we were told that fats are really, really bad for us and could cause serious health problems like obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
Now, we’re learning that all of the low-fat advice we were given was hogwash, introduced without sufficient evidence or consideration.
Fats help form our cell membranes, offer us a rich source of energy, protect our nervous systems, and help us make hormones. I’m here to tell you that saturated fats are not the enemy — in fact, it’s quite the opposite: they're packed with nutrients that make us their allies.
These days, some types of fats have experienced a public rehabilitation and been welcomed back into the fold, such as olive oil and avocado. (Others, particularly animal fats, are still shunned as evil miscreants.)
As a nutritionist, I'm often asked about my favorite healthy fats. Here are four I love that, although once considered evil, are actually good for you: