Posted on August 17, 2020 by Josh Puttock

It has been a misconception for a while that eating fat makes you fat when actually healthy fats in your diet is essential for multiple reasons.

These include:

  • essential vitamins and antioxidants such as Vitamin D, E and K rely on fat for absorption by the body
  • omega 3 fats are important for anti-inflammatory actions
  • reduced risk for heart disease
  • healthy brain function and development
  • protection against memory loss and dementia

25-30% of your daily calories should come from fat sources but it is important the majority of these are from mono-and polyunsaturated fats in place of saturated fats. Saturated fats raise total blood cholesterol levels as well as the LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Avoid or reduce eating foods like high fat animal products, fried foods, butter and too many dairy products to keep your saturated fat consumption down.

Where can I find these healthy fats?

  • fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)
  • nuts
  • avocado
  • natural nut butters (peanut & almond)

If you can understand the difference between good and bad fats and how to include more of the good fat in your diet, you can improve your mood, boost your energy and even lose weight.

 

By Josh Remedios, Gym & Spa Area Manager