Good Fats Cheat Sheet
As I mentioned in my post last week, at many of the workshops I teach, students arrive with a somewhat irrational fear of fat – and it’s part of my job to disavow them of those old school notions and teach them how to embrace fat in a healthy way. Why so fearful? Because to a large extent, the US Dietary Guidelines led millions of people down the wrong dietary path, basing their all-fat-is-lethal mantra on less-than-ideal data from decades ago. What came out of it unfortunately was an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and fat-o-phobia that made millions turn their back on all fat, undermining health in the process.
Fortunately in the last few years people have started to understand that not all fat is bad for you – in fact, some of it is quite good for you and absolutely necessary for optimal functioning of your gut and brain. The good news is that once people wrap their heads around that idea, then it’s time to focus on the type of fat to eat, which begs the question: which ones to eat?
To help you navigate to good fat waters, here’s my Good Fats Cheat Sheet for those who are ready to let go of fat-o-phobia – and enjoy the taste of real food – and good fats – again!
Remember, if it’s got a no-fat label on it, it’s probably a processed food. That means it’s been stripped of nutrients in the manufacturing process and pumped full of unhealthy ingredients to fill in for the satiating fat that’s been removed. In short, it’s not healthy for your body. You’re better off eating the full-fat version, making healthy fat choices and staying mindful of portion size.
For more ideas on how to create a vibrant diet, and a healthy gut and microbiota, check out my book The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight and Get Rid of the Bloat.