Introducing Healthy Fats to Your Diet

Introducing Healthy Fats to Your Diet


– Hello, my name is Sarah Meyers. I am a registered dietician here at the University of
Michigan health system. We have heart healthy fats
our bodies actually need. They’re called monounsaturated
and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are
found in oils like olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. Also nuts, nut butters, and seeds. Monounsaturated fats actually
help lower cholesterol, including the total
cholesterol, and the LDL, or the bad cholesterol. They also can raise the HDL,
or the good cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats are
found in oils like safflower, sunflower, and sesame seed oil which are often in our salad dressings, mayonnaise, soft trans
fat free tub margarines. Polyunsaturated fats also
help lower cholesterol. We have a type of polyunsaturated fats called omega three fats. The main source, fish, including
tuna, sardines and herring. Also the plant sources
include walnuts and flaxseeds. Omega Threes are very heart
healthy because they can actually help lower inflammation,
lower triglycerides, and reduce the risk of arrhythmias. While all these fats are heart healthy, it is important to keep in
mind they are still fats, and they still have a lot
of calories per serving. So for weight management purposes, it is important to be
mindful of your portions.