Our bodies need fat to survive. However, not all fat was created equally. Too much saturated fat increases cholesterol in our bodies, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
KNOW YOUR FATS
Food with a higher proportion of saturated fat include fatty meat, full-fat dairy products and processed food. Try cutting down on these and choose healthier unsaturated fat options instead.
Good Animal Fat
Grass-fed, organic, sustainably-raised lamb, beef, venison, pork, chicken and duck, omega-3 eggs
Bad Animal Fat
Feedlot animal meats, non-organic poultry
Good Fish & Seafood
Wild fatty fish: sardine, mackerel, herring, salmon; clams, oysters, mussels, prawns, scallops, crab, squid, octopus
Bad Fish & Seafood
Lobster, tuna, catfish, Chilean seabass, swordfish
Grass-fed butter, ghee, unsweetened nut and seed milks (almond, cashew, hazelnut)
Milk, yoghurt, cheese cream, regular butter, soy milk
Good Nuts, Seeds & Oils
Almonds, macadamia, walnuts, Brazil nuts, chia, pumpkin, sesame, flax, nut and seed butters, avocado, olives, dark chocolate, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oils (organic, cold-pressed, unrefined)
Bad Nuts, Seeds & Oils
Peanut, safflower, soybean, sunflower corn and cottonseed oils; hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, shortening
There is bad as well as good cholesterol
LDL (bad cholesterol) can build up in blood vessels causing them to narrow and may lead to clots, heart attacks and strokes. HDL (good cholesterol) retrieves LDL in our body and carries it to our liver to be turned into waste.