We are programmed to believe we should avoid all fats because they are all bad but the fact is, this is not true. There are types of fats that are actually essential for a healthy diet. These types of fat can be naturally sourced from plants and nuts and should comprise about 30% of your daily diet.
There are three types of fat:
- Saturated: This is the kind to avoid. This happens when the fatty acids are combined with hydrogenated atoms. This fat is solid at room temperature which makes it perfect to give products like butter their texture and consistency.
- Monounsaturated: These types of fat can be sourced naturally since it is not saturated. It occurs in avocados, nuts, olives, etc. and its liquid at room temperature. This is the best kind of fat to consume.
- Polyunsaturated: This type of fat comes from vegetables such as corn oil, sunflower, etc. they are liquid at room temperature. Although they are great for consumption, unlike Monounsaturated fats, this kind is unstable and can easily oxidize and cause inflammation in the body.
So when grocery shopping, always take a look at the label, the kind of fat used will be mentioned and now that you know what they are all about, you can make an informed decision about your purchase.