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Can fat actually be good for you??

You betcha!  It’s actually been scientifically proven that eating some fat helps you slim down.  According to the Institute of Medicine, 20 to 35 percent of our total calories should be made up of fatty foods.  Now, before you go off polishing off that bowl of ice cream – there is a difference between good fat and bad fat.  Bad fats come in the common form of trans fats which are found in most processed foods, such as baked goods, chips, crackers and many other packaged foods.  A diet that includes good fats are called monounsaturated fats (MUFAs).  Such good fats would include nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy oils such as olive oil.  A report in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a MUFA-rich diet helped people lose small amounts of weight and body fat even when they didn’t change their calorie intake.  So, don’t be afraid of that ‘three-letter’ word!  Indulge (in moderation, of course), in those good-for-you fatty foods such as lean beef, eggs and one of my favorites, the guacamole dip!

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