I am going to share with you something that I didn’t know until recently. The dangers of low fat/fat free processed foods. Low fat/fat free processed foods are not as healthy as they seem. You see, in order to take the fat out of a naturally fatty food like milk, They need to add chemicals to do so. Then, they add a ton of sugar and more carcinogenic thickeners like carrageenan to mimic the taste of the high fat product. Don’t think you are safe from sugar free/fat free products. They just add chemical sweeteners like aspartame. Sounds pretty nasty huh? Yeah, I thought so too.
So lets talk about fats. Saturated fats and trans fats are bad. Try to cut them out as much as possible. Monounsaturated fats have been known to help lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and possibly even raise HDL ( the good cholesterol) although, that is still being debated. Polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3 and Omega 6) have been proven to lower your heart attack risk and prevent cardiovascular disease. You can find Omega 3s in walnuts, flax seeds, soybeans, and for non vegans, salmon. You can find Omega 6s in grains, cereals and vegetable oils.
Fats help fight inflammation. Fats keep your skin glowing and your hair shining. Fats can be your friend! 🙂 I am not saying that you can go eat a whole jar of almond butter. I know at times I would love to do that, but everything is in moderation. 🙂