There’s a lot of misinformation out there about fat, so today we’re clearing the air. There’s a significant difference between the fats found in processed foods and animal products, on the one hand, and the fats found in whole plant-based foods. In fact, the latter type of fats are good for your body and mental health.
So what makes these fatty foods good for you? Here are a couple things you need to know:
- Fat is an essential part of any diet. Not only does it make you feel full, but healthy fat improves the function of your blood vessels, helps control blood sugar and even lowers your risk of heart disease. In fact, studies show that diets high in monounsaturated fat play an important role in learning, memory, and the protection against brain disease.
- But there are lots of bad fats you need to avoid. The worst kind is trans fats, which are a byproduct of a process called hydrogenation. You can spot these fats as “partially hydrogenated oil” on ingredient lists, and they are commonly found in doughnuts, cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and fried food. They raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels, increasing your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
- Make sure to get your fat from healthy sources. The good news is that healthy fats are delicious and you don’t need bad fats to feel satisfied! An important part of the philosophy behind all of my foods at Hungryroot is the use of healthy fats. Our Sweet Potato Mac’n Cheese is indulgent because of the cashew-based cheddar cheese. Our Pad Thai Fried Rice is filling because of the peanuts and extra virgin olive oil. Our Almond Chickpea Cookie Dough is rich because of the almonds. You see, when you use healthy fats you get the win-win of a satisfying meal paired with the nutrients you need for a healthy lifestyle.
We hope you find this information valuable, and if you have any questions, simply drop us a note.