In the 80's and 90's the low-fat, fat-free diets and products had a big boom. We were made to believe fat is bad. But what we didn't realize is, while they were pulling fat out from these products, they were adding in more sugar.
Saturated fat and trans fat are fats we should be cautious of as it's shown to raise cholesterol and cause inflammation along with other health issues.
It's not true that all fat makes us fat. This study shows how weight-loss was achieved by people eating healthy fats and actually lost more weight compared to people on a low-fat diet.
Healthy fats also come with a lot of health benefits, and they help us absorb more nutrients from the meals we're eating.
Research has shown that when healthy fats are present the body absorbs more of the vitamins and minerals from the other foods present.
Say, for instance, you eat a salad with a fat-free dressing and no other fats in it. Your body won't get all the benefits from the vegetables and other items in your salad.
Avocado is one of the best fats that we can eat. It's shown to lower the bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation and it has anti-cancer properties.
Nuts are also another great source of healthy fats. Walnuts are one of the best fats for our brains and help prevent cancer.
I like to add nuts to my salad or just have a handful of nuts or peanut butter with fruit for a snack.
I also like using seeds like hemp seeds and flaxseeds. Adding them to smoothies is another way to ensure you're absorbing all the nutrients and you get the other health benefits that come from seeds.