Fat gets a bad rap. You likely know by now that fats come in a few categories—good vs. bad fats, and saturated vs. unsaturated vs. Trans vs. monounsaturated varieties. In reality, fat has long shed its evil reputation in the rise of health experts touting the good in foods like avocado and coconut oil. However, with fat making a comeback, it can often go the other extreme and lead to a whole lot of BIG fat lies (or myths).
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Let’s expose some hard, cold myths about incorporating fat into your diet…
1. Put a Limit on Fats—Even Healthy Fats
A lot of talk about heart-healthy olive oil and suddenly too much of a good thing can turn into, well, a bad health habit. Sure, olive oil provides a healthy and cardiovascular supportive monounsaturated type fat. However, eating too much of it can still lead to weight gain.
In the end, the old moderation principle is key. For example, the body requires a good assortment of all types of healthy fats to protect the heart, skin, hair, and prevent disease—that includes essential fatty acids from foods like fatty fish, raw nuts and seeds, avocadoes, and healthy oils, like olive oils. Trans fats (i.e., processed and deed fried foods) are the biggest heart no-no.