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Fat either seems to get a bad rap or is often ignored. Back in the 80's, fat was bad. Now, it tends to get ignored as sugar is the big focus in this day and age (minus the keto crowd of course). However, I want to talk about fat in a way that everyone should self examine.

There are two basic fat categories: Saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated are generally from animal sources and solid at room temperature. Unsaturated are most often from plant sources and liquid at room temperature. While I'm not saying that one is bad and one is good, you should take a look and make sure you are getting both in your diet.

Usually I find that we each lean towards one side of these. Myself, I have to purposefully add in the unsaturated. I also try to make sure there is a high amount of polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) like fish oil. Additionally monounsaturated fats (MUFA) like avocado and olive oil. These fats have been shown to have the biggest impact on what I focus on, including lower inflammation and higher HDL.

You do need saturated fat too, but in the standard American diet, this is not usually the hard one to include. Don't just chew the fat, but make sure you're chewing all the right fat.


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