Why We Love Healthy Fats
Here at Swell Foods, we are a big fan of healthy fats - we believe they are essential for a balanced, full-functioning body. Which is why we use cashews as one of our primary ingredients! Below, we break down the different types of fats, and some of the key benefits of eating healthy fats.
What Types of Fats are There?
Fats can be grouped into three main categories:
Unsaturated: the best type to consume
Saturated: okay to consume in moderation
Trans Fat: try to avoid!
Unsaturated fats help improve cholesterol, and are the best types of fat we can consume. There are two types of unsaturated fats:
Monounsaturated Fats - Our favorite sources of this are avocados, nuts (like cashews, almonds, macadamia), nut butters, and olive oils.
Polyunsaturated Fats - Otherwise known as Omega-3’s and 6’s, the nutrients in polyunsaturated fats can only be made in our bodies by eating foods high in them. Excellent sources include flaxseed, fish (and fish oil), sunflower seeds, and walnuts.
But be careful. Not all unsaturated fats are ideal sources. Many of the industrial seed oils (e.g., canola oil) should be avoided if possible.
Unprocessed, unrefined sources of these oils are healthy and beneficial in moderation, like building good cholesterol. These fats are commonly found in animal products (meat, milk, and cheese), or oils like coconut, or palm oil.
Consuming too many saturated fats can lead to increased cholesterol. The typical western diet tends to consume too many animal products and processed foods, which often leads to high intake of saturated fats.
Trans fats are a byproduct of unsaturated fats that should be avoided. Trans fats are manufactured by adding hydrogen to vegetable oils.
These are commonly found in fast food and processed food, and are known to cause inflammation, diabetes and heart disease.
Benefits of a Balanced, Healthy Fat Diet:
Stronger immune system
Reduced risk of heart disease
So next time you’re reaching for a snack, consider looking for something high in healthy fat (like our Swell Bites!), to keep your energy and body steady.