By Ankita M Kukreja
Many believe that consuming fats is unhealthy and harmful for our body, however we don’t realize that there are different types of fats, and some fats are not only healthy but also an important for our body to function with ease.
There are 2 type of fats, categorized as Good fats (Polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, omega 3) and Bad fats (saturated fats and Trans fats). Good fats contain properties which helps balance cholesterol levels and protect the heart against conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. On the other hand, consuming food items which contain bad fats can increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and also can cause inflammation, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
These good fats are equally important for our body just like proteins and carbohydrates are for fueling our body with energy. It helps us absorb essential vitamins and minerals and also improves insulin sensitivity.
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Here are 2 simple ways to include healthy fats in your diet
Research And Identify:
The most important step before incorporating any food item in your diet, is to know the benefits and unfavorable effects about it. Foods such as nut butters, avocados, olives, dark chocolate which we consider unhealthy, in reality are nourishing and beneficial for our body. Diets high in monounsaturated fats when consumed with a balanced diet can help in aiding weight loss and may also reduce the risk factors for heart disease as well.
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Start Incorporating Them In Your Daily Diet:
“Knowledge is power but knowledge without action is useless”, recognizing the importance of fats is not enough. We should slowly start including them into our daily regime and develop this good habit overtime.
Following a particular pattern can be monotonous and boring. Be creative with your food, explore recipes with contain good fats, there are so many delectable foods that you can prepare with good fats! Try experimenting with your breakfast, one good way to consume good fats is to use nut butters instead of regular butter on your toast, or also use them in your smoothie, or carry a nut mix pouch with you when travelling. This way you can surely up your intake of necessary good fats.
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