Health Tip: All Fats Aren't Bad

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(HealthDay News) -- While it's important to limit the fat content in your diet, your body does benefit from some fats in small amounts.

The University of Michigan Health System explains:

  • Monounsaturated fats, in limited amounts, are good sources of antioxidants, such as selenium and vitamin E.
  • Healthier fats, in limited amounts, help the body's ability to absorb essential nutrients from other foods.
  • Healthier fats, in limited amounts, can help prevent and treat heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, inflammatory health conditions and musculoskeletal pain.
  • Research indicates that healthier fats can help improve blood clotting, inflammation, cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy growth and development of the brain, controlling inflammation and are thought to help treat and prevent a number of diseases.

-- Diana Kohnle

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