Fat’s got a bad rap.
But here’s the thing. Our bodies need fat. In fact, fat is one of the essential nutrients.
It turns out that what really matters is the type of fat you’re eating.
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats
There are a few different types of fat. Knowing the differences can help you support your health, so let’s take a quick look:
Now that you know a thing or two about fat categories, let’s explore what healthy fats can do for you.
The Benefits of Healthy Fats
For starters, fats are sort of like gasoline for your body. They fuel you and that power makes a broad range of key bodily functions possible.
Specifically, fat helps with:
- The absorption of certain important vitamins, like vitamins A, D, and E
- Blood clotting
- Cells growth
- Hormone production
- Balanced blood sugar levels
- Immune system functionality
- Fighting inflammation
On top of all of that, healthy fats help to reduce your risk of:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
Ultimately, fat is a key nutrient that your body needs. But it’s important to avoid trans fats and limit your intake of saturated fats, instead choose healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Generally, you should be aiming to get about 20-35% of your calories from fat every day. For a 2,000 calorie diet, this breaks down to somewhere between 44 and 77 grams of fat each day, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
If you want to get more healthy fats into your diet, cook with olive or nut oils. Eat plenty of nuts, avocados, and fish. And get some JOJO’s Chocolate in your pantry. A bunch of our flavors comes liberally sprinkled with sources of healthy fats, like macadamia nuts, almonds, and pistachios.
Remember, fat is your friend — provided it’s the right type.