Good Fats Are Part of a Healthy Diet

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Did you know there’s good fat and bad fat? At a time when an estimated 70 percent of all adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, it’s easy to think “less fat” is the answer.

That’s true if you’re talking about your waistline. But it’s not true, if you’re talking about your diet. Some fats are actually good for you, says the American Heart Association.

Nuts, seeds, fish, and some plants contain healthy fats known as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Healthy fats help control cholesterol, reduce triglycerides, and prevent heart disease.

But foods that contain saturated fats or trans fats have the opposite effect by clogging arteries and raising the risk for hearts disease and stroke. If you want to protect your health and live long, include good fats in your diet. Here’s how:

  • Cook with olive oil. Or try flaxseed oil, or another plant-based oil for sautéeing, grilling, or baking.
  • Eat more fish like salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, and others. You’ll find meals made with salmon and tilapia on our Main Course menu.
  • Add avocados to salads, guacamole, or even try mashed avocado on toast
  • Eat a small handful of nuts or seeds, or add to salad

Making better food choices doesn’t have to be hard. And you don’t have to avoid all fats. It’s just the bad fats typically found in red meats and processed foods that you want to avoid.

Need a little help in the kitchen to prepare healthy meals, or want a healthy and easy way to get dinner ready in less time? Check out all of our Main Course meals, pick your favorites, and let us do the rest. All you’ll need to do after that is microwave, eat, and enjoy.