Fear of Fats?

February 8, 2017

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Are Fats Actually Good For You, or Should They be Avoided?

With nutrition advice changing on a seemingly day-to-day basis, does anyone really know what is considered “good” anymore? There are diets that praise protein and make carbs the enemy, compared to diets that worship carbs and give fats a bad name.

Fats provide nine calories per gram making them the densest macronutrient we can eat. There are three types of fats including unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), saturated, and trans fat. There is good and bad cholesterol in your body, and you want to keep the good cholesterol high and the bad cholesterol low. Trans fat and saturated fat are labeled as unhealthy because they both raise bad cholesterol, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are categorized as healthy because they lower bad cholesterol. 

According to Harvard School of Public Health following a low-fat diet does not make it any easier to lose weight than following a moderate or high-fat diet…the type of fat people eat is much more important than the amount eaten. An increased consumption of healthy fats – mono and polyunsaturated are not linked to weight gain. Some examples of these include:

1. Avocado

2. Nuts, nut butters, and seeds

3. Fish and skinless chicken

In the example of nuts, they have a bad reputation because they pack a large amount of calories in a small package. However, they are full of protein and fiber, which helps control satiety. The healthy fats in nuts can actually lower the risk of heart attack. 

So, fats do not have to be avoided, in fact they can be embraced in the case of healthy fats, which can help keep you full and lower the chances of heart disease. 

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