If you’re cutting back on all fats in your diet, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. That’s the upshot of the latest nutritional research that concludes some fats are not only good for us, but they can actually help shed pounds. In fact, avoiding such fats — in favor of low-fat, high-carb alternatives — can promote weight gain.
Confused? Join the club. For decades, health experts have advised choosing low-fat and fat-free foods — such margarine, skim milk, and unsaturated cooking oils — to lose weight and boost overall health. But that line of one-size-fits-all health advice is being challenged by new studies showing fat is not the great dietary evil we’ve been led to believe it is.