Make sure you are eating fat

Make Sure You’re Eating Enough Healthy Fat

When we hear the word ‘fat,’ we tend to squirm and fear it because it’s so full of negative connotations. But there is a big difference between good and bad fat, and if you aren’t getting enough good fat, it can negatively impact your health.

Bad fats include saturated fat and trans fat. Saturated fat has long been associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Saturated fat is commonly found in processed meat, dairy products, and other processed and packaged goods.

Trans fats are by far the unhealthiest fats as they contribute to a higher heart disease risk and should be avoided at all costs. Trans fats are commonly found in processed and fried foods.

Unsaturated fats are considered healthy and include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. These types of fat play an integral part in promoting heart health.

So, how can you tell if you’re not getting enough healthy fats in your diet? Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Cognitive fatigue
  • Constant hunger
  • Dry skin
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings
  • Vision problems

Healthy fats can be found in nuts, fatty fish, seeds, fruits, olives, oils, and avocados. Incorporating more of these foods into your diet can help support your overall health.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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