Making Healthy Fat Choices

bowl of olive oil for healthy cooking

Myth: Lowering the amount of fat in your diet is what matters most.

FACT: When it comes to cholesterol and health, the TYPE of fat you consume is more important than the total amount. Some fats contribute to increased risk of heart disease while other fats may help decrease your risk.

Myth: Fat free products are healthier options.

FACT: Fat is needed by almost every system in your body including the heart, brain, nervous and immune system. Packaged foods that claim fat free typically have more refined carbs, salt, and sugar. Plus, fat provides flavor, which is an important component of any diet!

Myth: Eating a low fat diet is key to weight loss.

FACT: Consuming less calories, from all sources, is the key to weight loss. Fat takes longer to digest in our bodies and might actually be more filling, which is beneficial on a low calorie meal plan. Watch portion sizes though, fats do contain calories too!

The American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats (seeds, seed oils, vegetable oils and walnuts) and monounsaturated fats (tree nuts, peanuts, avocadoes, olives, and canola oil) as they help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, especially when they are replacing other fats in your diet.

Don’t forget about the Omega 3’s, found in fatty fish, walnuts, and flax seeds, that help lower triglycerides, decrease blood clotting, improve the health of your blood vessels, and help moderate blood pressure.

Want to learn more about healthy eating and managing your weight? Consider joining Weight Management Center's Fall start of Happy Healthy Hour Express. It’s a 10 week on-ground interactive group based program (with an ALL new curriculum) designed to promote and support healthy lifestyle changes to help you meet your weight management goals.