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Good Fats for a Healthy Diet

We need fat in our diet. It is a necessary nutrient that we cannot live without. It helps the body to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat is needed for healthy skin and organs. It also helps you feel full after eating. After a low-fat meal, you'll be hungry sooner.

With this, even too much fat in the diet can cause health problems such as heart disease, some cancers and obesity. All fats are not created equal. Knowing these differences can help control cholesterol and weight.

Saturated fats come from animal products. This is a solid type at room temperature. Butter, chicken fat that hardens at the top of soup, cheese and milk all contain saturated fat. Too much in this diet causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries. When this happens, blood flow is restricted and heart attacks and strokes are more likely. It is the saturated fat that you need to reduce your diet to stay healthy.

Unsaturated fats come from foods such as beans, seeds, fish, vegetable oils, avocados and olives. This type of fat can help saturated fat move through your body so it is really good for you.

We need fat in our diet to choose saturated fat from saturated fat.

Keep in mind that all fats are higher in calories than carbohydrates and protein. The amount of fat in your diet should not exceed 30% of your daily calorie intake.

Here are five tips for reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet:

  1. Eat low fat dairy products and lean meat

  2. Choose vegetable oil and shorten non-fat

  3. When making the soup, place the pot in the refrigerator overnight and grease the top in the morning.

  4. Check the size of the cheese and meat dishes and measure the amount

  5. Eat more fruits, vegetables and grains

You need fat for a healthy and strong body. As with most aspects of healthy eating, balance, diversity and simplicity are key.


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