In our society, the 'all-or-nothing' phrase is our mantra and the idea of 'everything in moderation' frequently goes out the window. Low fat or no fat products fly off the shelves and onto the dinner plates of diet conscious shoppers. The residual effects of the low-fat craze of the 1990s linger, causing many people to believe that less is more when it comes to fat.
The problem? Many people forget that fat is essential. Fats help you absorb vitamins A, D, and E, and they are vital for your nervous system. Not only that, women who ate a Mediterranean diet filled with healthy monounsaturated fat lowered their risk of heart disease by 29 percent,
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - the types found in avocados, fish, nuts and seeds - provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple. These fats also come packaged with a healthy dose of vitamin E (a vitamin many of us lack), which will help protect against free radical damage.