FATS: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Written by Katie Bressack

The word fat has become such a negative word among women. We've become afraid of this word because we've been led to believe that if we eat fat, we become fat.

Some fats, the right fats, are good and essential for our wellbeing. Fats are what keep us healthy from the inside out. They are essential for the proper functioning of our bodies, especially if we want to have children. Our bodies do not make essential fatty acids, we can only get them by the foods we eat.

That's why it becomes so important to eat the right fats.

1. These Fats Are Okay

Unsaturated fats help to lower blood cholesterol levels in our bodies. They do have a lot of calories, hence the reason we have become afraid of fats, however we are not concerned with the calories. We are more concerned with the quality of foods we are eating. I attribute my glowing skin to the avocado a day I eat.

Avocados are an ideal source of plant-based plant. An avocado has 235 calories but provides Vitamin E, K fiber, helps to lower cholesterol plus so much more. That 100-calorie snack pack has no nutritional value and tons of sodium.

The more you consume empty calories, the less your skin will glow and the more cravings you will have since your body is searching for essential minerals and vitamins that these packaged foods are missing. Would you rather eat something that is tasty and is healthy or something chemically made to make us think that we are not going to gain weight?

Quick Tip: Eat Avocados and nuts in moderation to consume healthy fats essential for your body's health

2. Only In Moderation

Saturated fats are mostly found in meat products. These types of fats have been linked to chronic heart disease because they raise our blood cholesterol levels and put us at risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Common foods that contain these types of fats are cheeses, meats, butters and creams. Also a lot of baked good and fried foods contain saturated fats, so they are best to be avoided and eaten only in moderation.

Quick Tip: Eat more plants

3. Never Eat These Fats

Trans Fats 

All foods that contain trans fatty labels are labeled now. These are some of the worst fats because they raise our LDL levels, the types of cholesterol we don't want raised and lower our HDL our good cholesterol levels. They are found in friend foods, commercial baked goods like donuts, cookies, crackers, processed foods and margarine.

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats 

When a food has been partially hydrogenated, it means that the oils are only partially hardened. They should be avoided because they contain high levels of trans fatty acids, which are linked to heart disease and as mentioned above should be avoided.

Quick Tip: Read Labels! If your food has a label, know what you are eating

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