Eating fat doesn’t make us fat

Eating fat doesn’t make us fat. Only imbalances between caloric expenditure and intake does that. But we need to pay attention to the type of fat we eat as it has a big impact on our health—especially our hearts and brains. It is important to note that all fats are 9 calories per gram—the most calorically dense food there is, so portion control is important to consider in your consumption equation.

Here are the most important facts to consider with fats:

*Best cooking oils: Virgin olive and canola

*Worst fat :Trans fat. It’s like liquid plastic. Avoid any fats listed as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.

*Neutral fat: Saturated fats (found in meat and dairy products) are now considered more neutrally after being villainized for years. Best to limit these fats to 10 percent or less of daily calories. If from animals, make sure they are ones not exposed to hormones and pesticides. This can disrupt our hormones and increase inflammation.

*Best fats: Mono- and polyunsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, seafood, soybean oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.

*Two whole foods containing super healthy fats are almonds and avocados.

For those who want more general info about fats, here’s a link to a great overview from the Mayo Clinic:

To your good health!

Coach Gayle

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