Advice about fat can be very confusing, especially since the recommended types and amounts of fat seem to change constantly. What is not in dispute is this: fat is an essential part of the diet. While it is good to moderate the amount you eat, fat should not be eliminated. Fat provides energy, supplies essential nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K and is an important part of all body cells.
Adding to the confusion is the fact that the many types of fat can have distinct effects on health. Some fats are known to increase risk for developing certain diseases such as heart disease and cancers, while others may actually decrease the risk. Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating recommends choosing a balanced diet and eating a variety of foods in moderation. The same guidelines apply to fat: Choose a variety and enjoy each in moderation. (For more information on Canada’s Food Guide, pick up a copy of Senior Friendly Ideas for Healthy Eating)
Click here to read more about Planning Meals for Seniors – The Fat Challenge (Dietitians of Canada)