Find out which fats are okay for your diet.

By Susan Howard

Okay guys so what’s the story with fat?  Well, you should have some in your diet. Are all fats equal? Yes and no. Some fats are better for you than others.

Recommended fats are those from olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts.

So, the question is, what about all the other fats?  Can we have butter, or coconut oil, or trans fats?

The word on trans fats is still a no-go.  Most packaged foods have removed trans fats so you don’t have to worry as much about that, but be mindful of fried foods like french fries or doughnuts as they may have trans fats in them.  Continuing on with butter and coconut oil… Both have come back into favor over the last decade.  Yes, these fats are okay to consume, but don’t go crazy.  It’s still recommended that about 10 to 20 percent of your diet comes from fat.  So, good or bad, it’s still fat.

Which brings me to my final point.  Kind of like an out of town guest that decides to stay at your house an extra week, too much of a good thing can be too much.  I was drinking a Quench protein shake and started feeling really full and upon googling it’s contents, I discovered that I was consuming 670 calories, mostly from peanut butter.  If it feels like too much, it likely is.

I don’t hate fat. We need it to insulate our bodies and to help with performance, but don’t jump on the trends and make yourself a bacon, coconut oil, butter sandwich. Add fat into your diet in rational amounts that your body wants.

Stay Ready.

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