The “F-word” isn’t really a bad word. FAT gets a bad rep and fat can actually help you lose fat. Yes, let that sink in, however, not all fats are created equal. The fat community is full of some good angels, bad bullies and the straight up fugly.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults get 20-35 percent of their calories from fats. So eating the right kinds of fat can help you lose weight, improve your mood and can boost your immune system. Kiss low fat everything goodbye and welcome back healthy fat starting now.

GoodFat

The Good Angel

Did you know that the good angel fats are twins? Meet monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Not identical in function but both equally good, so here is the deal on this dynamic duo: Monounsaturated fats, known as MUFAs, raise good HDL cholesterol, lower bad LDL cholesterol, and protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries.

They also help prevent belly fat. So to keep your cholesterol levels and tummy under control by getting you some olive oil, olives, canola oil, almonds, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, sesame seeds, and avocados. And polyunsaturated fats, which contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, help in lowering your LDL, boosts your brain function, may help strengthen your immune system and improves your mood. Get these in angel babies in by moderately loading up on salmon, mackerel, herring, canola oil, flaxseed, walnuts and tofu.

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