There’s a divide the size of the Grand Canyon between manufactured fats (like hydrogenated seed oils) and fats from cold-water fish, olives and olive oil, and nuts. In a nutshell, these plant and fish fats nourish your body, while manufactured fats harm it. A recent long-term study underscores the fact that nourishing fat does not lead to weight gain when it’s part of a healthy, plant-centered diet. Over five years, people who ate a Mediterranean-influenced diet with abundant plant foods, nutritious fats, and no calorie restriction lost more weight than those who ate a strict low-fat diet. Instead, make sure your meals and snacks consist of colorful, whole plant foods like veggies, legumes, herbs and spices, and intact grains, along with olive oil, nuts, and fish such as wild salmon and sardines.
“Eating fat can be healthy if you pick the right kind.” Anne Harding