October 8, 2012
Health Tip: All Fats Aren't Bad
Some are beneficial in limited amounts
(HealthDay News) -- While it's important to limit the fat content in your diet, your body does benefit from some fats in small amounts.
The University of Michigan Health System explains:
- Monounsaturated fats, in limited amounts, are good sources of antioxidants, such as selenium and vitamin E.
- Healthier fats, in limited amounts, help the body's ability to absorb essential nutrients from other foods.
- Healthier fats, in limited amounts, can help prevent and treat heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, inflammatory health conditions and musculoskeletal pain.
- Research indicates that healthier fats can help improve blood clotting, inflammation, cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy growth and development of the brain, controlling inflammation and are thought to help treat and prevent a number of diseases.