Despite the fact that it’s been demonized over recent decades as part of a non-fat and low-fat trend, dietary fat is a crucial part of a healthy diet, particularly if you’re active.
By Megan Holt, DrPH, MPH, RD
Q: Does dietary fat fit as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan?
A: Don’t neglect dietary fat as part of your active and healthy lifestyle. Despite the fact that it’s been demonized over recent decades as part of a non-fat and low-fat trend, dietary fat is a crucial part of a healthy diet, particularly if you’re active.
A few things to know about dietary fat:
- The anti-inflammatory benefits of dietary fats are tremendous. This means inflammation is reduced by the protective qualities of fats, primarily the plant-based fats, and this means lower risk of injury.
- Plant-based fats such as olive oil and nuts are a good choice for unsaturated fats, which have been shown to have additional health benefits vs. saturated fats.
- Adequate amounts of dietary fat in your meals can prevent, delay onset or aid in healing when it comes to injury.
- Aim for your dietary fat intake to be at least 30% of total calories consumed.
Ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition, including adequate dietary fats, for your active and healthy lifestyle by working with a dietitian in your area.