Are all fats bad for you?
For decades, we were told that fat was bad. In the ’90s, North Americans were consuming low-fat, high-sugar snacks and refined carbohydrates daily. After further research, it became clear that this theory was all wrong.
We’ve finally started to recognize that certain fats are actually beneficial for weight loss, heart health and balancing hormones, according to Dr. Mark Hyman MD. Of course, there’s more to the fat story than that. Here are the most important things you need to know about fat, including why it’s such an important part of a healthy diet.
Why we need fat in our diet
According to Dr. Steven Gundry MD, fats are a primary energy source, and we must consume fats to support basic body functions such as fighting inflammation and providing structural components to our cells.
Fats also support immune function; help to regulate our body temperature; maintain healthy skin, hair and nails; and help us absorb essential, fatsoluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K.
As for weight loss, many studies have shown that eating healthy fats, and lowering our consumption of highly processed foods, can help us reach and maintain a healthy weight, according to Dr. David Perlmutter MD.
The difference between “good fats” and “bad fats”
A few examples of “bad” fats include certain meats (pork, fatty beef), margarine, and vegetable oils like canola, vegetable and safflower oil.
Good news, there are tons of healthy fats that are really good for you. Examples would include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids like salmon, avocados, olive oil, and whole organic eggs and nuts. Now that you know just how good the right fats are for you and your health, go ahead and make them a part of your daily choices.
Your cells will thank you! To your health!
Jessica and Bruno enerj.ca
By the same authors: How will you remember 2020? (Click the image below)
Jessica Humphries Bruno Saint-Hilaire68 Posts
Jessica Humphries est entraîneuse certifiée, coach santé et conceptrice de programmes d’entraînement physique en plein air offerts à longueur d’année. Diplômée de l’Université McGill, elle détient un baccalauréat en éducation physique et kinésiologie. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire est un professionnel de la santé qui a fait ses études universitaires en médecine sportive et nutritionnelle et administration des affaires. Ce qui le passionne depuis plus de 20 ans est d'accompagner sa clientèle très variée (enfants, adolescents et adultes) vers l'optimisation de leur santé afin de les aider à vivre au quotidien avec plus d'énergie et de vitalité. / Jessica Humphries is a certified natural trainer in functional fitness, yoga instructor, healthy lifestyle coach and the designer of year-round nature fitness training programs. She graduated from McGill University with a BEd in physical education and kinesiology. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire is a health professional who completed his university studies in sports and nutritional medicine and business administration. For more than 20 years his passion has been to accompany his wide range of clients (children, teens and adults) in the optimization of their health to help them live their daily lives with more energy and vitality. enerj.ca