Eating fat doesn’t make you fat.
Many people looking for a healthier diet and lifestyle tend to vilify fat. Health professionals advise their clients to choose a low-fat diet to avoid disease and to promote health. And although fat is a high calorie food (9 calories per gram), not all fats are bad and in fact, eating the right types of fats have incredible health benefits.
Examples of healthy fats include extra-virgin olive oil, flax seed oil, canola oil, nuts such as walnuts and almonds, seeds, and avocados. Eaten frequently, these foods provide a vast array of health benefits including heart health, cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, weight management, fat loss and healthy brain and energy function.
You may also be surprised to know that whey is also a great source of healthy fats. Although it is often overshadowed by its protein power, whey actually has an incredible balance of omega 3/6/9 fatty acids. These ‘good’ fats help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) in your body and raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and provide a multitude of other essential health benefits.
The truth of the matter is that everyone needs fat in their diet. Choosing the right fat sources and including them into your daily diet is a great way to promote a healthy and well balanced diet.