We all know that foods like nuts, fish, and olive oil are good for you and that processed foods like cookies, chips, and crackers are bad for you, but did you know that they both contain fat?
Not all fats are created equal, and eating the right fats can be an important part of a healthy diet.
Overall, you want to eat more good fat such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats while avoiding bad fats such as saturated and trans fats. These bad fats can raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol.
One helpful tip for avoiding saturated and trans fats is to avoid processed foods. To know what food is processed, you can think that the more hands that touch the food as it’s being made, the more processed it is. So fruits, vegetables, and nuts are not processed, but cookies, chips, or crackers are highly processed.
Good fats help promote a healthy metabolism, control your hunger, and help transport vitamins through your body. These fats are found in fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados.
Overall, it’s important to understand that a healthy diet still includes fat, as long as you make sure it’s the right kind.