There's no reason to restrict healthy fats. Trans fats, certainly. We don't need ANY of those! Saturated fats have taken a licking because of bad research which originally set us on this path. Our recommendations for the last 40-50 years, and including into today, are based upon this flawed data. It's been in the public consciousness so long now, and so ingrained, even many professionals can't deviate from it. But good and reliable research is out there (and has always been) that refutes it.
"Good" fats include bacon renderings, lard or tallow, schmaltz, coconut oil, olive oil (the regular type, not EVOO), and whole full-fat versions of the typical things we see on shelves these days. Eat whole foods. Milk, cream, butter (never margarine!), chicken with its skin on (!)... If you can get grass-finished meats, aim for the best-marbled cuts you can find! The omega ratios for commercially (grain) finished animals are wrong, but so long as the cuts you're using don't contain much fat (where the omegas are stored), you're okay with grocery purchases.
Do some research. Fats are being reconsidered. Reliable resources (not still under the onus of the old data) confirm it.
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Yes, Avoid trans fats. Trans fats, found in “partially hydrogenated” vegetable oils and shortening, raise cholesterol levels. That’s bad! Also keeping saturated fats low seems to be a good idea to help with cholesterol.
Use olive oil ...it's monounsaturated fat. Eat an avocado as it's a good fat, the same type found in olive oil and avocados deliver almost 20 vitamins and minerals...also black Olives do contain fat, but it's the healthy monounsaturated kind too!
Omega3's ......rich fish.......such as wild salmon, herring, sardines, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, kippers, anchovies, and oysters are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds & walnuts too!
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Yes. I try to keep my omega 6 to omega 3 ratio 1:1.
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Fats are higher calories than protein and carbs. Some people say "eat a high fat diet" - Most experts would say that fat should be limited. It is best to eat around 20-30% of your calories from fat (unless your Dr or Dietitian say otherwise) and the bulk of the fat should be healthy. Saturated and trans fats are best keeping to a minimum. Below is a link that you may find helpful:
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