By now, you’ve definitely heard about it, but what exactly is trans fat? Basically, trans fat is made from unsaturated fat that’s been chemically altered. What makes this fat so dangerous is that it can simultaneously raise bad LDL and lower good HDL. Trans fat is very good friends with heart disease.
According to most experts, your body has absolutely no use for this type of fat, which can be found in shortening, margarine, doughnuts, french fries, and processed foods such as crackers, cookies, chips and cakes.
An important note: The FDA allows food manufacturers to claim that a product contains “zero trans fats” if one serving of it has 0.5 grams of trans fats or less. So check product labels for “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” which is another name that trans fats often go by.
Foods With The Healthiest Fats
So, now that you know about healthy fat vs. not-so-healthy fat, what are some healthy fat foods that you should be focusing on eating more of?
Cooking with olive oil can help make any meal healthier. But, it is an oil, and too many calories, even if they’re good oil calories, can hurt your waistline. So, be sure to measure your oil.
Not only are eggs are a great source of protein, they also contain healthy fats. Some eggs are even enriched with extra omega-3.
Seeds & Nuts
Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds can be tremendously good for you, as can nuts such as almonds, walnuts and peanuts. Just watch those servings sizes!
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association suggests eating two 3-ounce servings of fatty fish a week.
Did you know that when you eat healthy fat-rich avocado with other foods, it helps your body better absorb their nutrients?