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Fat is Your Friend

We’ve all heard about how eating fats can lead to weight gain. As a balanced eater, you already know that limiting some fats is important to maintaining overall health and managing your weight. But severely limiting dietary fats, including ‘heart-healthy’ fats can actually harm your health.

Saturated fats and trans fats can both raise blood cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease. You probably already limit the fats found in foods like these:

  • Full-fat milk, cream, ice cream and cheeses
  • Lard and shortening
  • Butter and margarine
  • High-fat meats such as sausage, organ meats and bacon
  • Cookies, cakes and donuts
  • Crackers and French fries

But you may also be limiting healthy fats -- which may increase your good cholesterol when eaten in place of saturated fats. Be sure you incorporate foods like these into your healthy, balanced diet:

  • Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and trout
  • Canola, soybean, sunflower and safflower oil
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Nuts such as walnuts and almonds
  • Avocados

Keeping a balanced diet means including even those fats you may shy away from as you work to maintain your overall health. Keep it up!