Fats as Part of a Healthy Diet
In retrospect, we have realized that we can’t singlehandedly blames fats for the health problems we are facing. A multitude of changes in our diets, including increased processed foods, increased portion sizes, and decreased physical activity have played roles with our health. Fats are a natural part of our diet and are important to a balanced diet. Fats are needed for vitamin absorption. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble vitamins, meaning they need fat to be absorbed. Fat also helps with satiety. Having a meal with a small amount of fat will help you feel fuller and more satisfied than a comparable meal without fat.
The key is to choose healthy fats. As I mentioned, fats produced through processing are not ideal. Keep saturated fats in moderation. Omega-3 fatty acids are linked with better health and lower cholesterol levels. These fats can be found in fatty fish like salmon and tuna, flax seeds, chia seeds, and nuts like walnuts. You might also find them in chicken eggs, by altering the feed the chickens are fed.
Fats aren’t the number 1 enemy. As with all things, eat in moderation and choose a variety!
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