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Nutrition Tip - Fats can be good

Fats are good for you

The total amount of fat you eat isn't really linked with disease. What really matters is the type of fats you eat. The "bad" fats saturated and trans saturated fats increase the risk for certain diseases.

Bad fats - Sugars, vegetable oils, deep fried foods, butter, cheese and cream.

Good fats - The "good" fats monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help lower the risk of disease by lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and raising HDL (good cholesterol). The best source is extra virgin olive oil. Other good sources include olives, almonds, peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, avocados, salmon, pumpkin and sesame seeds all filled with omega 3 and 6’s.

The key to a healthy diet is to substitute bad fats for good fats and to avoid trans fats. The replacement of trans fats with polyunsaturated and/or monounsaturated fatty acids which help lower blood cholesterol levels. This can be achieved by eating less high fat processed foods and more fresh nut,s fruits and vegetables.