Fad diets often steer women away from eating dietary fats.
However, fats are an important part of a healthy diet.
They are a concentrated source of energy as well as having many other important roles. Fats help the body dissolve, absorb, and store the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. They also help develop the brain, regulate the production of sex hormones, keep the nervous system in good health, strengthen the immune system, provide cushioning to protect the internal organs, and keep the skin and hair healthy.
Excellent sources of healthy fats are flax seeds and flaxseed oil, eggs, oily fish such as salmon and sardines, avocados, nuts and seeds, coconut and olive oil.
Limit fats that can cause inflammation and disease such as fats from red meat, full-fat cheese, deep-fried foods, and processed foods such as pastries and chips.
This Christmas, crack a walnut or two and enjoy these energy-giving healthy fats.