Trans. Saturated. Omega-3. Omega-6. Omega-9. Polys. Monos. So many fats to keep track of! And information in the media and science seem to conflict about which fats are healthy and which are not. It’s no wonder many people are confused about which types of fats we should be eating – and which types we should be avoiding.
3 Myths About Fat and Weight Loss:
1.The best ways to lose weight—and to protect your heart—is to cut back on fat. That’s not quite true. Many types of fat are bad for you—but some types of fat are terrific for your health. You should cut back on unhealthy fat…but make sure to get a lot of healthy fat. Human body thrives and needs healthy fat.
2. Saturated fats are the biggest worry for cholesterol and overweight people. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to perform many vital functions. If you’re concerned about cardiovascular disease, focus on lowering your inflammation because cardiovascular diseases are result of inflammation for a different reason.
3. Animal fats are really bad, so overweight people should stick to vegetable fat. Not really. The first concern is partially hydrogenated fats or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. These fats are made by injecting extra hydrogen into vegetable oils to extend their shelf life. While they preserve the foods, however, they slowly but surely destroy your body.
Fat from factory-farmed animals is also pretty unhealthy. But red meat, poultry, as well as the dairy products that come from conventionally raised animals whose fat will be far healthier.
Healthy Plant-Based Fats:
• Olives/olive oil (extra virgin)
• Raw nuts
• Nut butters
• Unheated nut oils like walnut oil and macadamia oil
Healthy Animal-Based Fats
• Fish oil
• Cold-water fish like wild salmon, mackerel, herring Organic grass-fed or pastured meats
• Organic pastured egg yolk