How to work healthy fats into your diet

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – I know summer is generally the time when we think low fat and no fat but its important to remember that healthy fats are actually necessary and play an important role in wellness and healthy aging.

Olive oil is a healthy fat that contains essential fatty acids.  These fatty acids are a part of the cell membrane that contains moisture that your body loses through sweat during the hot summer.  These same fatty acids help protect your skin from UV damage.

To order to protect your skin and keep it supple, consume about 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily by adding it to a healthy salad or smoothie, you can drizzle it over pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil for a simple summer meal.

Unsaturated fat is the healthiest type of fat. Plant oils, such as olive, canola, corn, peanut and other nut oils; nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and pistachios; and avocados, are excellent sources of unsaturated fat.

Remember it’s not the “fat” that makes us fat.  It’s the intake of more calories than we expend on a daily basis that increases our weight.  So ignore the “low-fat” and “fat-free” labels and instead look for the fat sources making sure it’s coming from a whole and natural source.

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