Health Tip: All Fats Aren't Bad
(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.