Have you noticed the proliferation of low-fat and nonfat products on the market? Yet despite the focus on eliminating or reducing fats from our diet, Americans are heavier than ever.
It turns out that not all fats are created equal. Some, like the “bad” trans fats found in processed foods, should be avoided. Others, like the saturated fat found in meat, dairy and eggs, may be safely consumed--but in moderation.
A third category, considered essential for heart and brain health, are “good” fats. These beneficial fats can be found in many foods, including nuts, avocados, salmon, olive oil and canola oil. Again, even though these fats are good for us, we need to be mindful of calories.
Instead of avoiding all fats, we can become more selective. Our goal should be to replace bad fats with the good fats that nourish our heart and brain.
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