A healthy diet should include a low fat diet plan. All fat is not bad. As a matter of fact our bodies need some fat to function at its best. Some fat is good for us and other fat need to be avoided at all cost. By avoiding bad fat and minimizing consumption of other fats you develop a healthy diet plan.
Avoid all Trans Fat. Trans fat is a process used to extend the life of many processed foods. When you read the packaging it may say specifically trans fat or you may notice “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils in the ingredients. Avoid these at all costs as they are bad for your heart healthy diet and increase “bad” cholesterol. There is no nutrition benefit and the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity are greatly increased.
Limit Saturated Fat. Red meat, fatty meats like salami, dairy products such as cream and butter, and thicker vegetable oils like coconut, palm, and kernel oil are sources of saturated fats. Your consumption of saturated fat should be limited to less than 10% of your diet. Occasionally lean meat is ok but the protien and other nutrition are better replaced by whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans and other legumes.
Eat Unsaturated Fat. This would includes both poly unsaturated and mono unsaturated fats. A healthy diet would include regular consumption of “good fat” from canola and olive oils and most nuts as well as fish and avacadoes. The poly unsaturated fat that the average person needs most is omega-3 found mostly in fish like salmon, tuna and cod. Another great source is Cod Liver Oil.
Fresh Fruit, Raw Vegetables, Seeds, Nuts, Beans and Whole Grains all make a heart healthy diet. Drink plenty of water and natural tea. Get plenty sleep and fresh air. Exercise regularly. These are all keys to healthy lifestyle. If you create a low fat diet plan of 60 to 70% of these groups you will reduce risks of major disease and lose weight. Eat Healthy and Live Longer with a Low Fat Diet.