Nutrition can be a bit confusing. This is because it seems like what you should and shouldn’t eat is constantly changing. First, carbs were bad, then gluten. Fat is the enemy, so low-fat diets are the way to go – or are they? There’s been a lot of research done on fat, and the truth is that a diet low in trans fats is good for you, but the food labeled as low fat or fat-free most certainly is not. Here is what you need to know about the importance of fat in your diet and what low-fat foods really offer.
The Good and The Bad
First of all, everyone needs fat. Not just because it makes food taste better but because some fats are actually very good for you. Nuts and fish are great for you and packed with things such as omega-3 fatty acids that are exceptionally nutritious. Essential fats are important in the functioning of your nervous system, maintaining healthy blood vessels, manufacturing hormones and helping your body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. If you follow a very low-fat diet, then you are limiting your body’s ability to heal and to stay healthy. There are fats to avoid, but learning the difference between different fats is very important.
Low Fat Foods
The problem with the low-fat version of your favorite foods is that the fat must be replaced with something and most of the time that something is sugar. You have to keep in mind that low-fat foods don’t claim to be diet food because you’ll find in most cases they have just as many – if not more – calories than the full-fat version. Next time you’re at the market, compare the nutrition labels for a full-fat and low-fat version of a food and you’ll see for yourself.
How to Increase Good Fat
There are several things you can do to ensure the fats you are getting are the good kind. Try to add more fish, nuts and seeds to your meal plans. They have all the good fats your body needs. Trim the visible fat off the meat you cook, as well as removing the skin from chicken. Make sure you always look at the nutrition information for food you’re buying, too – you want to be on the lookout for partially hydrogenated oils.
When cooking, don’t fry your food. Steam or broil it instead. Replace mayo on your sandwiches with avocado or plain Greek yogurt. It’ll still give any sandwich a little punch without all that bad fat.
Remember, fat is very important to your diet and you need it, but it’s the type of fat you eat that makes all the difference.
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