Cooking Light Diet presents Ask A Dietitian: Why are Healthy Fats Essential?

Cooking Light Diet presents Ask A Dietitian: Why are Healthy Fats Essential?


– Eat more fat? If you’re still brainwashed
from the fat-free days, this can be hard to wrap your head around. Hi, I’m Carolyn Williams,
award-winning dietitian and lead nutritionist
for cookinglightdiet.com. Fat’s actually something
we’ve got to have in our diet for good health, and adding
fat won’t prevent you from losing weight or
cause you to gain weight, yet people still struggle
to add it to their diet. Today I’m gonna clear up some of the biggest
misconceptions about fat. First, total fat shouldn’t be your focus. A lot of us have gotten in the habit of looking at a food label to
look at the total grams of fat in a food to determine if the
food is healthy or unhealthy, and actually that shouldn’t be our focus. Our focus should be the type of fat. We need healthy fat in our diet, so we wanna look at the type
of fat that’s in the food: saturated or unsaturated. Second, the type of fat that
you want is unsaturated fat, rather than saturated. Your unsaturated fats are gonna
be found in your plant oils like olive oil, peanut oil, avocado oil, as well as some of your
nuts and your fatty fish and things like avocados. These healthier fats can
make you feel more full, as well as protect your heart and improve your overall health. Third, fat doesn’t make you gain weight or prevent you from losing weight. In fact, research has found
that the opposite can be true. Adding a little fat to meals
and snacks gives you satiety, so you’re less likely to overeat
and stay full for longer. A common misconception is that excess fat is what makes you gain weight, but the reality is that
an excess of calories whether they’re from fat,
protein or carbohydrates can all make you gain weight, so the key is finding a balance, and that includes finding
a balance of fat, too. So here are some easy ways that you can get healthy
fats into your day. Use salad dressing with oil and get rid of that fat-free one. Snack on nuts, eat fish and eat some dairy that’s a little bit higher in fat. Those are some easy ways
to sneak healthy fats into your day. From the Cooking Light Diet test kitchen, I’m Carolyn Williams.