We all know to avoid fatty foods in our diet, but did you know some fat is good for you? Check out these other 4 ways “good” fats help you:
We all know to avoid fatty foods in our diet, but did you know some fat is good for you? Fats are broken up into two categories: saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are in oils like olive or canola; saturated fats are commonly found in foods like butter or coconut oil. The fats our bodies make from food provide essential fatty acids, called linoleic and linolenic acids. Because our bodies do not make these acids on its own, it is essential that we get the right nutrients from food.
Which fats should you avoid and which should you add to your daily diet? While we need both kinds of fat, the majority of fat in your diet should come from unsaturated, or “good,” fats. Medline Plus suggests the following guidelines for managing healthy fats in your diet:
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