There’s so much information out there about what fats you should and shouldn’t eat that it’s hard to keep all that info overload straight. You’ve been told that all fats are bad and that’s just plain wrong. You’ve been told that shoveling fat-free foods into your mouth is fine and won’t make you gain weight and that’s a flat out lie. Body fat is all bad, right? It’s all cancer-causing stuff that comes from eating too much, right? Not at all. If you’re still confused about what fats are good for you and which aren’t then you’re just like most people who need some guidance.
Saturated fats are bad fats. They’re what happen when you eat a lot of meats, mostly the red kind, and a lot of milk. All that butter you spread on your toast in the morning is loaded with saturated fat. The fried egg you might have instead is just as bad when it comes to fats. You can get lower fat milks, which is a good thing but you also need to learn how to substitute other foods. For example, giving up your favorite ice cream might be hard but you can find a frozen yogurt that’s just as good. Probably, anyway. Make every day Thanksgiving by eating turkey instead of all that chicken and beef all the time. You can also start using more olive oil instead of butter in your pans for cooking and also your baking.
Saturated fats are at least natural but trans fats are fat molecules that are tweaked. When you eat trans fat you eat vegetable oil mixed with hydrogen gas which is extremely unappetizing to think about but makes foods so ridiculously good. While brownies and candy are great for your taste buds they’re pretty much hell on the rest of your body. If you see “partially hydrogenated oil” on an ingredient list for anything then it’s a food to avoid because it contains trans fat. The more products that you ingest and buy that say they don’t have any trans fats then the better off you’ll be. One product type that is often overlooked is the pre-mixed product. Because trans fats are basically preservative agents, pre-mixed products like those easy boxes of cake mix you like are brimming with trans fat.
So What are the Good Fats?
Now that you know the bad fats you can get acquainted with the good ones. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the ones that you want and are good for you as long as treated correctly. In order to keep them as “good fats” you have to keep them kept well which means refrigerated or you should follow the instructions on the box or package the food comes in. You can find these fats in avocados, nuts, olives, vinaigrettes, fish, and olive oil.
The Powerful Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fats are a type of polyunsaturated fat. The reason that they’re so beneficial and deserve an extra nod is because they’re known to do all kinds of things for your body and mind. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce depression symptoms, protect against memory loss and related illness, ease pain and inflammation, and also reduce your risk of all kinds of other nasty diseases. There’s a lot more technical work that goes into explaining Omega-3 fatty acids but here’s the one thing you need to understand: these are the fats that you want to gobble up.