Fat – Friend or Foe?

I am a recovering fat phobe. You would open my fridge or pantry and find fat-free, low-fat everything. I still look at things like nuts and avocados and think, “Wow, that has a lot of fat.” But I know that the right kind of fats, in the right amounts are actually good for me and I make a conscious decision to eat them!

Why? Because of all of the benefits:

Brain health – A significant amount of your brain is actually made of fat! It is especially important for children to get enough healthy fats to promote brain development. In addition to yummy nuts and avocados, my girls take this high-quality Omega supplement.

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Pregnancy – Again, the developing baby needs good fats!

Joint health – EPA and DHA (Essential fatty acids) have been studied for many different joint conditions and can promote joint mobility and flexibility. They may also help to reduce stiffness, swelling, and pain.

Skin – Essential Fatty Acids are important building blocks for cell membranes.

Absorption of Fat-Soluble Vitamins (A, D, E, K) – Some vitamins must have fat to dissolve so they can be used by your body. This is why it is important to include a little bit of olive oil with your vinegar on that salad!

Weight loss – More recent studies have shown that a little bit of healthy fats in the diet help to burn fat!

Want a fun way to incorporate some healthy fat into your kids’ diet? Try this avocado pudding! We just do cocoa powder to cut down on the sugar content. Sometimes I extra almond milk and make them into popsicles!

Are you a recovering fat-phobe?

 

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