Not all fats are bad, and sometimes your meal needs that extra boost. Surprisingly, fats are starting to overcome their infamous reputation of being completely terrible, and instead, more people are opting to incorporate extra fat into their diets. Counting macronutrients can be a great way to achieve difficult or high level fitness goals. However, it is important to know when it makes sense to add extra fats to your diet and when it does not.
Most of us know that not all fats are made equal. States like New York have long since banned trans fats, and this June, the FDA issued a final statement determining that there is no safe level of industrially-produced trans fatty acids that are safe for human consumption. Trans fat must be removed from prepared foods by June 2018. That being said, many other fats have positive properties, actually producing tangible health benefits. Flax seed oils are high in omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for healthy nail, hair, and skin.
In general, our bodies benefit from moderate consumptions of saturated fatty acids (butter, cream, lard, bacon), medium-chain fatty acids (coconut oil), monounsaturated fatty acids (avocado and olive oil) , and polyunsaturated fatty acids (fish, some nuts and seeds). But what’s important to remember is this: not all foods need additional fats. Be sure that the food you are consuming is truly in need of a supplement.
The truth is, fats helps you absorb vitamins. Vitamins have difficulty making it into our bloodstreams without the assistance of fat. If you typically have a healthy diet, you probably receive more than enough vitamins. However, if for whatever reason you’re participating in an extraordinarily low-fat diet, you may consider adding a goal appropriate fat that caters to your needs. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble. This does not apply to vitamin C or any of the B vitamins. Milkshakes don’t count either! After decades of bad advice, fad dieting, and lack of information, we became accustomed to believing that ultra low-fat or fat free diets were good things. This simply isn’t true! A balanced ratio of macronutrients creates the best dietary combination for our bodies.