Healthy Snacks with Healthy Fats

Choosing healthy snacks can be tough, especially when the latest information may seem contradictory from one source to another. A great way to stay on track, is to stay educated about ingredients, and be mindful when reading the nutrition facts. The healthy snack game is tricky because most of us have been told to stay away from too much fat, but on the other hand, some foods with higher fat content have been recognized as super foods- and we don’t want to miss out on the party! A solution to this dilemma is to know the types of fat to look for, and also knowing the ones to avoid.

Healthy Snacks

There are five classifications for fat. Luckily, you don’t need to remember all five, but try and remember the names of the two bad ones, saturated fat and trans fat. Saturated fat is usually found in animal based products. Trans fat, in most cases, will be listed on ingredient labels as partially hydrogenated oils. Bad fats are primarily found in many prepared and packaged foods. Eating foods high in saturated fat and trans fat increases your risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Enough dwelling on the bad stuff, lets focus on the healthy fats, and how to find them. You want to look for healthy snacks with the good fat, so your body can use that fat for fuel throughout the day. Monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and Omega 3- fatty acids are what we would consider healthy fats. Find these fats in the ingredient list of your next healthy snack, and you will know that you are making a better choice.

Monounsaturated fat and Polyunsaturated

Olive oil
Canola oil
Peanut oil
Safflower oil
Sesame oil
Fresh sweet peppers
Chia seed

Omega 3- Fatty Acids

Hard boiled eggs
Pumpkin seeds
Flax seeds

Don’t pass up the foods you may think are too high in fat, consider the benefits that come along with the healthy fats. Research supports that foods with monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and omega 3- fatty acids may help decrease your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

Even healthy fats need to be enjoyed in moderation. Any food with fat content, may induce weight gain. Its good to consult your doctor before starting a new diet to avoid and possible complications. Keep in mind, there is such a thing as too much of a good fat!

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