Avoiding fat in your diet is generally a good idea. Dietary guidelines recommend keeping your fat intake between 20 and 35 percent of your total calories each day. That task becomes easier when you know which fats actually confer some health benefits. Choosing healthy fats may allow you to cook and consume many of the foods you enjoy while cutting down on bad fats—such as trans fats and saturated fats.

For example, omega-3 fatty acids are thought to promote heart health and improved brain function. Pinolenic acid, which is based on pine nut oil, seems to promote satiety, thus helping with weight control. Conjugated linoleic acid has also been shown to have an effect on body weight, possibly by helping to reduce body fat.

A report published in the journal Food Technology lists nine fats to include in a healthy diet. Get to know these “functional fats,” and look for them on food ingredient labels:

  • shutterstock_114717625Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Pinolenic acid
  • Conjugated linoleic acid
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Fish oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Coconut oil
Call us Now at (800) 827-9990 or Get a Quote Online