What Types of Dietary Fat are Healthy?

Your healthy fats are unsaturated fats. There are two types of unsaturated fats that provide health benefits. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are both considered “good” fats in the fields of diet, fitness, health, nutrition, and wellness. Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats should be consumed in moderation. Diet coach programs can help you determine which foods fall into which categories and help to create a personalized eating plan for improved personal health.  

Monounsaturated fats are the healthier of the two types of healthy fats. The oils from monounsaturated fats range in color from gold to green and come from plants. Monounsaturated fats are generally liquid at room temperature and become solid when chilled. Foods that contain healthy monounsaturated fats include olives, peanut butter, peanuts, avocado, and the oils that come from those foods including olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oils. Diets rich in monounsaturated fats can help lower your risk of heart disease and help to maintain healthy cholesterol numbers.  

Polyunsaturated fats are lighter in color and can come from plant or fish products. Polyunsaturated fats are also generally liquid at room temperature and solid when chilled. Examples of foods that contain polyunsaturated fats include seeds, fish, walnuts, flaxseed, and Omega-3/Omega-6 oils.  Polyunsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol and strengthen your immune system.  Foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fats can help decrease your risk of heart disease and lower your risk of high blood pressure.   

Fats are an important part of our diet.  They make our foods taste good and help keep us fuller longer, aiding in weight loss and can help prevent overeating. Using healthier fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help keep your body healthy. Healthy fats should be used in moderation and bad fats should be reduced or eliminated for maximum health benefits. Any personal trainer with a dietary management certification can help you make healthy changes to your diet today for a healthier tomorrow.

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