It’s always a great time to learn about dietary fats. Dietary fat is an essential nutrient that the body needs to keep healthy and function at the highest level. Fat is necessary to protect and keep your organs healthy, keep your body and core temperature warm, help you absorb essential nutrients during digestion, and support cell growth.

You will find different dietary fats in foods: saturated fats, trans fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The first two have adverse effects on health and cholesterol levels in the body. In contrast, the second two are considered healthy fats and can positively affect your cholesterol and keep your body running smoothly. Eating plant-based fats like nuts, seeds, and avocado will help keep you on track for consuming healthy fats. Check food labels and look for these keywords: palm oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil. When reading food labels, you might find that these items are in some foods that you believe to be healthy. These ingredients would categorize the food as something to eat only occasionally.  Be sure to keep an eye out for these sneaky items and consume foods containing mono and polyunsaturated fats instead of saturated or trans fats; these will help keep your body moving and grooving.   

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