Myth: Fats are bad for you
Eating fat makes you fat right? False.
Truth: We NEED fat in our diet. There are two types in specific (omega-3 fatty acids & omega-6 fatty acids) that must come from our diet because our body can’t make them like it can make other fats (e.g. cholesterol).
The Heart Foundation recommends replacing saturated and trans fats with mono- and poly-unsaturated fats (which are high in omega-3 & omega-6). These fats reduce the risk of heart disease & lower cholesterol levels when they replace saturated fats.
Check the nutrition facts label on your food under “Total Fat” to see the fat breakdown in that particular food. And when you are cooking meals at home pick oils (which are higher in unsaturated fats) over solid fats (which are higher in saturated fat).
**As it is with any food group, if you eat too much it will lead to weight gain. Portion control is key!**
Unsure if you are getting the appropriate types and amount of fat in your diet? Need some guidance? Come see an Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Better Health Nutrition and Fitness.