Dietary Fat

I promise I’m not the monster that diet culture made me out to be!
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👩🏻‍⚖️ Today, fewer people are buying into the hype behind the low-fat campaign, but there are still some misconceptions so let’s clear my name!
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😋 I improve the flavor, texture and aroma of foods.
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✨ You absorb more nutrients from certain foods like vegetables when your meal includes some of me.
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🍳 Want healthy hair, skin, nails and hormones? Eat me!
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😊 Eating me helps decrease cravings and hunger because I produce “feel good” hormones telling your body that you’re satisfied and have had enough to eat.
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🧀 I come saturated (coconut oil, palm oil, butter, cheese, meat, egg yolks, lard, etc.) or unsaturated (canola and olive oil, avocado/oil, nuts/oil, soft tub margarine, etc.).

🔹 *The risk of heart disease is related to the type, percent and total fats consumed. Increasing the ratio of unsaturated to saturated fats will decrease the risk of heart disease.*

🔹 *This doesn’t mean you need to stop eating saturated fats ... just try to eat some unsaturated fats too!*

🔹 *Only an EXCESS of saturated fat is associated with elevated blood cholesterol levels.*

🤷‍♀️ Now that we’ve briefly covered the 3 macronutrients — fat, protein and carbs — how do we eat with variety and balance?

❤️ Stay tuned for more evidence-based nutrition tips!

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Kara Westrup