Conventional “wisdom” says fat is bad. If you eat fat, you become fat and destroy your health. But that's just one of many myths surrounding fat. Fats aren't all the same, and some kinds of fat are actually essential for good health. All the people who've been telling you fat is your #1 enemy are way off-base. It's time to bust these fat myths once and for all.
Myth 1) Eating Fat Is Bad For YouActually, healthy fats are essential to good nutrition. We need good fats in our diets to lower our risk for chronic health problems, keep our skin healthy, and even absorb other nutrients. Trying to cut fat out of your diet causes health problems and it's not a reliable way to lose weight.
Myth 2) All Fats Are The SameAs with many other foods, there are low-quality and high-quality fats. The three main types of fats are:
- Trans fats, also called partially hydrogenated oils, are found in processed foods. They have zero health benefits and can trigger problems like inflammation.
- Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and you'll find them in red meat, dairy, coconut oil, and many commercial foods. They're not as bad for you as trans fats, but you do want to limit how much you eat.
- Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature and include fats from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. They're a very healthy type of fat.