There are a few misconceptions out there about fats, and although we do encourage a diet low in fat, it’s actually the type of fat you want to be keeping an eye on. Nutrition is all about balance and moderation, and some fats can actually be good for you! Here’s a quick look into the different types, and how you can fit them into a healthy diet.
Choosing healthy snacks
Whenever anyone is looking to lose weight, they often start by restricting the fats that they eat. This is definitely a good thing because being overweight can cause a number of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Fortunately the risk of having these conditions can be reduced by enjoying a healthier diet. Broadly, this means choosing more natural foods over snacks such as candy, potato chips and fried foods which contain high levels of fats.
Should all healthy snacks be fat free?
Cutting down on foods high in fat is definitely a good idea, but cutting them out completely can actually negatively affect your health. Strange as it sounds, we actually need particular types of fats to absorb nutrients and provide the body with energy. For instance, did you know that our brains are made up of 60% fat?
So there are good fats and bad fats?
There are actually a number of different fats that we get from our diets, and the type that we eat can have a significant impact on our health. Trans fats and saturated fats are the ones to avoid and are usually found in fast food and highly processed snacks, whilst fats that come from natural foods such as nuts and seeds are good for you. Among these (and known as essential fatty acids) Omega-3 and Omega-6 are proven to have cholesterol-lowering properties and can come from foods like:
- Nuts and seeds
- Sunflower and olive oils
What the experts say
Our very own Nutrition specialist, Lucy-Ann Prideaux suggests:
“It’s all about changing your shopping habits. Before putting anything into your basket, just ask yourself ‘what kind of fat is in this food? Is it there naturally, or does it looks processed?’.Take a couple of moments to look at the nutrition information and think about how the food you choose impacts your health, body and lifestyle.”