Phobia of Fats

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Yellow Olive Oil Being Poured into a Small Glass Bowl Why are so many folks afraid of fats? Fats may seem like a scary word, but they are beneficial for our bodies as a Macronutrient. According to Harvard Health Publishing, fats provide energy for the body, help to absorb vitamins and minerals in the body, help with inflammation, and much more. When it comes to consumption of fat, it’s all about consuming in moderation and what types of fats to mainly use. Saturated fats are fats that are mainly sourced from animal products like butter or beef fat. These fats should be limited to a small amount. Overconsumption of saturated fats have been linked to heart disease. Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fats are better for consumption, but should still be consumed in moderate amounts. These fats are typically sourced from plants like nuts, seeds, and vegetables like olives and avocado. Last, we have trans fats. Trans fats are typically found in processed foods. The production helps to stop rancidity, however overconsumption is linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Consumptions of trans fats should be limited or restricted as much as possible. Fats are an important nutrient we need, and making smart choices about them will keep your body in good shape. Remember, don’t fear fat, befriend them!

References: “The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between” – Harvard Health Publishing – Harvard Medical School