By Tanya McCausland of Home Cooked Healing

For years and years we’ve been told that eating too much fat is making us fat. But not all fats are created equal!

Industrial factory-made oils go through a very high heat process that damages the oil. This causes them to be inflammatory ingredients and studies have linked them with significant weight gain. Plus, they are loaded with deodorizers and other chemicals to make them odorless and shelf-stable.

To keep your metabolic engine humming it’s crucial to supply your body with high quality, unprocessed, un-refined fats that won’t bog down your system. These fats from whole foods will give you more energy, keep you satisfied longer and give your metabolism a boost. Healthy skin, hair and nails are an added bonus! 3 healthier fats to keep you lean:

Instead of… Vegetable Shortening (like Crisco). This is the ultimate trans fat, which we all know by now is a big no-no!
Use this: Organic unrefined coconut oil. This oil boosts your metabolism so you are a fat-burning machine. It’s great for cooking, too. Try it when pan-frying turkey burgers or melt it and toss with root vegetables before roasting in the oven.

Instead of… Margarine and imitation butter spreads. These products have been processed at a very high heat creating damage. Plus, they’re loaded with a slew of unnatural ingredients.
Use this: Organic unsalted butter (my favorite brand is Strauss Organics). Organic butter is loaded with omega 6, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it’s free of hormones, pesticides and antibiotics that can put the breaks on your weight loss goals. Put a small pat of butter on your broccoli, green beans and other veggies to make them more satisfying.

Instead of… Vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, corn, cottonseed oils. These are found in nearly every packaged product. Not only are they highly processed but often come from genetically modified foods.
Use this: Organic extra virgin olive oil. A staple of the Mediterranean diet, EVOO is a monounsaturated fat which has been shown to aid in weight loss and keep you full longer. This oil is great for sautéing veggies or making homemade salad dressing.

About this Contributor: Tanya McCausland is a Health and Culinary Coach in Alameda, CA She inspires, encourages and motivates her clients to create a life of health and balance through delicious food and simple lifestyle changes. She believes that our kitchens have the ability to heal – we just have to stock our pantries with real food and not be afraid to wield a wooden spoon every so often!