We have reached a point where most people know that those clever people at the marketing departments of many food companies use creative language to get us to buy their products. “Fat-free” or “low-fat” typically means that a food product has a lot of sugar and “sugar-fee” typically means the food product either has some toxic sugar substitute or it is loaded with unhealthy fat.
The good news is that we don’t have to avoid all fats. Some fats are not only healthy, but they are essential to good health and maintaining a healthy weight.
“The bottom line is, the average American woman doesn’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids,” says Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, author of The Ultimate Omega-3 Diet. She’s speaking, of course, of the fat found in fish like salmon, as well as walnuts, flax seeds, and olive oil. “But just by putting those back in your diet, you’ll see diverse and varied benefits.”
It’s true, say experts: Everything from your foggy memory, to your crappy mood, to your dry skin, to your low s*x drive — heck, even that belly flab that won’t disappear no matter how many spin classes you hit — could be symptoms, at least in part, of an omega-3 deficiency. The tricky thing is, even if you’ve been eating more fish or sprinkling walnuts on your oatmeal each morning, your diet may be working against you. Intrigued? What you don’t know about fat — and your health — might surprise you.