“Do I need to eat fats to be healthy?”
With all the controversy about what fats are good for you, here is an easy way to settle the argument.
You do need to eat certain types of healthy fat for your body to perform certain functions. Your body does not create fat on its own. There are three types of fats.
Monounsaturated fats are found in liquid plant fats such as olive oil, peanut oil, and safflower oil. Almonds, cashews, pecans, and macadamia nuts offer a great source of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats help lower LDL cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of disease and cancers, and help cells renew themselves. *Good fat*
Polyunsaturated fats assist with brain function, cardiovascular health, help lower triglyceride cholesterol levels, and lessens the possibility of depression. Some of the healthiest sources for this good type of fat are wild-caught salmon, albacore tuna, organic walnuts, organic flax seeds, and organic oils of safflower, sunflower and corn. *Good fat*
Saturated fats are present in beef, pork, poultry, cheese, milk, yogurts, butter, sour cream, and cream cheese. Saturated fats are a major point of confusion and debate. The following information will help you to eliminate any confusion about the controversial debate as to whether saturated fats are good for you.
Saturated fats are not all the same. Some are good for you and some are very bad for you. It depends upon the source of the saturated fats.
Consuming wild-caught salmon provides a limited amount of saturated fat in a natural, wholesome source along with good fats—monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Olives are an excellent example of monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and a small amount of saturated fats nestled together in a great little natural package. *Good fat*
In comparison, the high amount of saturated fats in a double cheeseburger and French fries are accompanied by harmful trans fats and synthetic components. These saturated fats are excessive and are not naturally provided in conjunction with good fats.
The subject of whether saturated fats are healthy does not exist in my mind as a reasonable debate. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are essential for great health and when they are accompanied by a small amount of saturated fats in the same food, it would be nature’s way of providing that fat for a purpose.
Salmon is found in a river. Olives and nuts come from trees. Cheeseburgers and French fries come from a man-made grill and boiling vat of oil. They are not found in nature and are not good sources of fat. Make informed choices about your food and enjoy better health. Think about it.