This is the first post in my series entitled “Things I learned while reading Superfoods for Dummies which I will now share with you.”
I actually had a conversation awhile back with a co-worker about fats. We knew that there were “good fats” but that seemed liked an oxymoron. We turned to google right then and there to answer our question. In “Superfoods for Dummies” it is explained quite nicely. Here’s what I learned….
A common misconception when it comes to healthy eating is that fat = bad. But not all fats are not created equal.
Here’s what you need to know:
Saturated: Found in animal products (red meat, dairy, eggs).
Trans: A type of manufactured fat found in processed foods (snack foods, pastries, deep-fried foods).
*Both of these fats increase your cholesterol as well as your risk of heart disease.*
Monounsaturated: Found in plant-based products (canola and olive oil, peanuts, avocados).
Polyunsaturated: Found in plant-oils and fish.
Comes in two types:
- Omega-3: fish, flax & chia seeds
- Omega-6: vegetable & seed oils
*Omega 3 & 6 are called the “essential fatty acids” because they are important for your health but are not produced by your body naturally. Therefore you much get them through the foods that you eat in order to gain the benefits.
*These good fats reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease and promote healthy cell growth and much much more!*
As you can see, fat is required for your body to function properly. Just choose your sources wisely!
*Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician and I certainly don’t know all there is to know about nutrition. I’m just a girl trying to educate herself…and others in the process : ). The information I’ve shared can be found in the book, “Superfoods for Dummies” by Brent Agin & Shereen Jegtvig. (Image source.)*