Are “Good Fats” a Real Thing?

Believe it or not, consuming fats can be good for you. Fats are an essential part of our diet and are important for good health. However, not all fats are created equal, and understanding the benefits of healthy fats and their benefits will help you lower your risk of heart disease while contributing to a balanced diet.

Why do we need fats in our diet? Fats provide energy, healthy brain function and cell growth, and are the source of some essential fats that the human body cannot create on its own.

Below are four good examples of good fats:

As with most things in life, we must practice moderation. Over-consumption of anything, including these “good” fats, can have an undesirable impact on our health. But when used in moderation, these can (and will) be an essential part of a healthy lifestyle to improve and maximize your health.


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Reviewed by Brian Asbill, MD, a cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health.