The Return of Fat (Yes, Some Fat in Your Diet Is a Good Thing)

[A caveat: sadly, the fatty foods in this photo are not full of the healthy fat we’re talking about. But we do have other delicious fatty foods to share with you that are good for you!]

By now I’m sure you’ve heard: fat isn’t the horror we used to think it was. But you know what actually might be horrible for you? Fat-free food! Blech. The chemicals and processing required to create “fat-free” are proving to be bad for us. But then fat’s bad for us, too, right? Not exactly.

Yes, there is a such a thing as good fat. The key is to find foods high in UNsaturated fats (not saturated, and certainly not trans fat). When added to your diet in a mindful way, these foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help bring balance to your diet, rounding out proteins and carbs in a healthy way.

Add These Delicious Fatty Foods to Your Diet

• Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pecans, flax seeds, macadamia nuts)
• Vegetable oils (olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, coconut oil)
• Peanut butter and almond butter
• Avocado
• Fish (salmon, trout, sardines, fish oil)
• Butter (hallelujah, right? just make sure it’s grass-fed)

If you’re concerned about calories (and who isn’t?), remember that moderation is key and so is exercise. So indulge in these yummy fatty foods and take another lap around the block on your daily walk or take the stairs instead of the elevator or do 10 more minutes of yoga.

For fun, try putting butter in your coffee and learn how you can eat fat to lose fat.

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