Fats are an important part of our diet. They help our brain and skin cells, nerves, protect vital organs in the body and to help to control our body temperature. Fat also gives us the energy we need each day and provides us with a balanced diet. However, fats should always be consumed moderately – some less than others.
Saturates and Trans Fats are the worst kinds of fat.
Bad fats increase the risks of inflammation in the body, influencing the onset of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Fats to Avoid:
- Fried foods (French fries, doughnuts, deep-fried fast foods)
- Margarine (stick and tub)
- Vegetable shortening
- Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pastries)
- Processed snack foods (crackers, microwave popcorn)
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats can Improve blood cholesterol and decrease chances of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids specifically lower blood pressure and protect you against irregular heartbeats.
- Vegetable oils
- Peanut butter and Almond butter
- Soft margarine
It's all about balance! Bare this in mind when planning and prepping your foods!