“Fats” is a commonly scary word when referring to healthy nutrition. Fats are the confusing part of any diet.

30%-40% of your daily intake should be fats...healthy fats.

Simply put, there are three fat groups to take a closer look at:

  • Unsaturated fat = good fats

  • Saturated fats = bad fats 

  • Trans fats = the really bad fats

Realistically you want your diet to contain only unsaturated fats.

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Unsaturated fats are broken into two categories:

MONOUNSATURATED FATS

Examples include but are not limited to:

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POLYUNSATURATED FATS

Examples include but are not limited to:

It is important to get your daily fat intake because these unsaturated fats contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which your body does not produce on its own. 

As a dancer, both unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are important, omega-3 is perhaps the most important because of its anti inflammatory properties. So, adequate intake of these nutrients can not only perpetuate a healthy lifestyle, but can help to avoid unwanted symptoms such as inflammation. 

Proper nutrition is key to overall health, and understanding fat, and these fatty acids discussed, is the necessary component to ensuring the right balance in order to protect our hearts, joints, pancreas, mood stability, and skin

Did you know that our studio manager, Miss Katie, is also a doctor and certified nutritionist? That's right, she is actually Dr. Katie Pisciotta! Each week Dr. Katie will discuss a different area of nutrition; some educational pieces to help you make the best decisions for your dancer, as well as yourself. Please comment below with specific questions and requests for nutrition topics of interest to you!

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