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Fats

Let's talk about "fats" for a minute.


When we say that, we mean the fats that are in the foods we eat.


There are a few different kinds of fats - some are better for our heart and body than others!


The general rule of thumb, look on the food labels for "monounsaturated fat" or "polyunsaturated fat" - those are the healthier ones for us.


Good examples of monounsaturated fats are:

  • Avocados

  • Peanuts

  • Olives

  • Olive oil

Examples of polyunsaturated fats include:

  • Salmon

  • Tuna

  • Flaxseeds

  • Chia seeds

  • Fortified milk

  • Fortified eggs

Another type of fat, saturated fat, when consumed in moderate amounts, has been shown to be okay for our body as well - think butter, red meat and cheese.


So it's often a good idea to be a bit more picky when determining the total amount of saturated fat in any given day or week.


Finally, it's generally a best practice to try to avoid overconsuming any artificial or added "trans fats".


Which are fats that have gone through the hydrogenation process, a manufacturing process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which converts the liquid into a solid fat at room temperature.


Typically found in things like fast food, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza and processed foods.

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