Choose The Right Fat, Don’t Eliminate It

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The products are all over grocery store shelves. There are low-fat versions of just about any product you name. It’s marketing at its best. Food companies play upon the fear of fat, then create unhealthier versions of already unhealthy food products to try to make the consumer feel better about eating it and ultimately more likely to buy it. It’s terrible, but it’s our reality.

Don’t be fooled. Dig a little deeper into the ingredients of these low-fat foods. Do you have any clue what they are? Do you know what they do in the body? What did the company add to compensate for the reduction in fat? Unfortunately, you have to buy processed food products with this type of skepticism if you truly embrace the idea of eating real, whole foods. Most of the time, those low-fat foods just won’t fit into that type of diet.

And what makes the low-fat concept even worse is that it makes people fear fats, which is terrible. If you choose the right kinds of fats to include in your diet, you actually do your body good.

So what are those good fat sources? Let’s get to it!

Avocados

Cacao or dark chocolate

Coconut

Eggs

Nuts — walnuts, almonds, cashew, hazelnuts, etc

Seeds — pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, etc.

Wild Salmon

Avoid trans-fats like the plague! You have absolutely no need for them in your body, and they only lead to damage to your cardiovascular system.

We will continue to dig deeper into fats over the coming weeks.

As always, leave any questions in the comments.