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More About Healthy Fats

For decades the conventional wisdom was that eating fat made us fat. As a result, food manufacturers went wild with refined carbohydrates and sugar, seeking to make low-fat foods more palatable. Now, it’s understood that it’s those foods that make us fat.

As explained in Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly, our body needs certain types of fat to maintain health. These fats are called essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are required for normal metabolic function. Because they are not manufactured internally, we must obtain them from foods and nutritional supplements we consume. The most important of these are Omega-3 EFAs, found in a variety of foods, including fatty fish, olives, avocados, nuts and seeds. Recently, some saturated fats, previously considered unhealthful, are also being shown to be beneficial.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy fats, which have variable compositions. Continue reading More About Healthy Fats