While unhealthy fats remain extremely prevalent in the modern American diet, most Americans still don’t eat enough healthy fats. Good fats typically come from organic, plant-based sources without being processed, preserving their raw, nutrient-rich state as much as possible.
The benefits of consuming enough fat are numerous. Healthy fats have been shown to strengthen the immune system, increase cognitive brain functions and benefit the nervous system.
Additionally, good fats increase energy, elevate moods, and help our bodies grow stronger hair and nails. On the other hand, consuming too many detrimental fats can cause chronic inflammation, brain fog, allergies, autoimmune disorders, strokes, and heart attacks. Hydrogenated trans-fat from cooking oils, margarine, and fried foods, as well as highly refined cooking oils, are all on the list of unhealthy fats and should be avoided. Saturated fats in meat and dairy are more controversial; some say they are unhealthy and others believe they are beneficial to the body. Organic avocados, nuts, seeds, cold pressed oils, flaxseeds, wild caught fatty fish and ghee are all amazing sources of healthy fat.