Okay…so the word #FAT probably does not conjure up any good thoughts. Just like people, there are good guys and the bad guys – you want to surround yourself with ones that are good for you and don’t destroy your self-worth. What fats you put in your body is sort of the same thing.

Should fat be avoided completely? Probably not.

Should processed vegetable oils be avoided? Probably so.

Are fats important for a healthy body? Definitely.

Fats are an important part of the diet, but they should be as natural as possible just like every other part of a healthy diet that focuses on whole food nutrition yet avoids processed foods.

Healthy fats are those that are as natural and unprocessed as possible and can help reduce inflammation within the body. Fats that are highly processed pose possible health risks on the human body causing inflammation throughout the body

Some foods contain fats that are more beneficial than others. Learn to make good choices by using the list below.

Sources of Healthy Fats

Flax seed
Fish (especially Omega-3 sources like cod and salmon)
Nut butters
Olive Oil
Fish Oil
Coconut Oil
Dark Chocolate

Fat Sources to limit

Foods containing trans-fats (fried, or labeled ‘partially hydrogenated’)
Soybean oil
Corn oil
Canola oil
Sunflower oil
Safflower oil

Rule to follow

If in doubt, choose foods that are minimally processed or unprocessed. Choose fats and foods that take the least amount of steps to get from the source to your mouth.