Understanding “Healthy Fats”

Diets and health regimens are hopelessly confusing. Part of this is due to the sheer number of conflicting information out there, but much of this is also due to the fact that diets are largely subjective, and what works for someone else might not work for you.

Take “healthy fats” for example. Yes, “healthy” fats. You actually need fat in your diet, and some fats help to maintain your health and even promote weight loss. Now before you go pig out at Five Guys, it’s important to understand what healthy fats are.

Healthy is a subjective term, so what constitutes something that is healthy differs from person to person. Take for example, nuts vs that burger from Five Guy’s. Nut’s are clearly the healthier option, but both options are still fatty. Still, nuts along with other “fatty” foods like avocados and fish are probably not the first foods that come to mind when you think of “fats”.

Generally speaking, there are bad fats, ok fats, and healthy fats. Health fats, like nuts, olive oil, avocados, and fish contain actual health benefits. Fats from butter, vegetable oil, coconut oil and corn oil are ok to consume, but aren’t very health. Bad fats like trans fats are really bad for your health. As long as you consume the not so healthy fats in moderation, you should be okay, so don’t get confused by all the conflicting information out there. Consult your doctor or dietician, and enjoys your favorite foods in moderation.