How can I get a healthy balance of fat in my diet?

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  • A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Here are the key takeaway messages for making sure you're getting a good balance of high-quality fats in your diet:
    • Quality is paramount. Because toxins are stored in fat, if budgeting food dollars, spend extra on high-quality fats and animal protein rather than worrying about organic produce.
    • Having a good mix of all three types of fatty acid (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated) in your diet is critical to maintaining good health.
    • Store less stable vegetable oils in the refrigerator in tightly sealed containers that don't allow light. Never store oils near the stove.
    • Scrupulously avoid any kind of trans fats: partially or fully hydrogenated oils of any kind. These are found in many processed and packaged food products, so avoiding them completely is your best bet.
    • When cooking, never let a fat or oil smoke. This means it has gone rancid.
    • Increase your consumption of omega-3s as much as possible by increasing the use of foods high in this fatty acid and considering supplementation. Strive for a one-to-one ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 in your diet.
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