Good Fats: Unsaturated and Omega-3
Not all fats need to be avoided. Unsaturated and Omega-3 fats are actually an important party of a healthy diet! Unsaturated fats come in two types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Good sources of these fats come from healthy oils, nuts, seeds, fish and avocados. Studies have shown that replacing saturated fats in the diet with unsaturated fats will lower blood cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids. These fats must come from our diet because our bodies cannot make them on their own. They play key roles in every system in the body, including our cardiovascular, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems. They are also important in the regulation of many physiological processes and are crucial for the health of cell membranes and the neurological development in infants.