First of all, why do we need to eat fat?
1. Fats are important for absorbing fat soluble vitamins — A, D, E, K.
2. Fats help us stay full longer, by slowing down the digestion.
3. “Good fats” are what build cells in the brain and nervous system.
4. They help meals taste better!
The best types of fats to eat are the kind that are naturally in foods, like nuts, seeds, avocados, and olives.
The amount of fat you need is based on your caloric need. Typically it is recommended that you eat 20-30 % of your calories from fat, which comes out at about 30-50 grams of fat per day. Make sure you take into account your body size, age, climate, and activity level when figuring this out.
Are you eating too much fat? Most people do. Consider that fat is in much of what we eat- fast food, snack foods, meats. 1 tsp of fat is 5 grams. Which means that 1 Tbs of fat is 15 grams.
Watch this video here about fat in your foods!
Notice how much fat is in processed and junk foods! Opt instead for healthy fats, like a handful of nuts whizzed up with some lemon juice and seasonings for a dressing on your salad, or an avocado dressing.
Healthful fats that are in nuts add trace minerals and photochemical that boost our immune system and reduce your risk of heart disease.
The best foods are plant foods, so make the right choice for your health today!
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