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Many of us were raised on the premise that fat is bad. Even evil. To be avoided at all costs. Not only is this an untruth, it's unhealthy! Fat is a crucial and essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, folks often make the mistake of equating dietary fat with body fat. Our bodies require fat for a variety of reasons; from the processing of vitamins (Vitamin A, D, E and K), to the quality of our skin, hair, and nails, and so much more. Additionally, fat is the go-to energy source when our bodies run out of carbohydrates. Now the phrase "fat-burning" make sense, right?
There are several different kinds of fats. I'm sure you're familiar with the terms mono-unsaturated, poly-unsaturated, saturated, and trans-fats. There's a ton of great info available on these, so I won't spend much time on them other than to point out that saturated fats are nothing to be afraid of. More and more studies are released each year showing that saturated fats have been erroneously vilified. A moderate amount of saturated fats is HEALTHY! What are saturated fats? A few examples are butter, coconut oil, red meat, and full-fat dairy.
So how much fat, and what kinds, should you be incorporating into your healthy eating? I've listed a variety of healthy fats on my website here, but the "how much" largely depends on your lifestyle and your goals. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to macronutrient ratios (how many of your daily calories come from each macronutrient - protein, carbohydrate, and fat), but a good place to start for most of us is to simply include a serving of healthy fat at each meal and snack.
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