When it comes to dieting and losing weight, most people think that foods that contain fat should be avoided at all costs.
That was the conventional wisdom for many, many years. So long as you’re not eating foods that contain fat, you should be okay.
But, research has shown that there is some form of fats that you should be introducing to your body.
So in this article, I will tell you the things that you should know about good and bad fats. It is time to squash any misconceptions about the topic as it is best to be informed about things, especially when it comes to nutrition.
First, we will talk about the “bad” fats. Examples of “bad” fats are Saturated Fats and Trans fat. Saturated Fats come from Red Meat, Dairy products such as butter and cream, and other fatty meats.
Trans fat can be gotten from vegetable oils that have hydrogen introduced into the mix. It can also be seen in some meats, although their trans fat content is negligible.
Now, why do you need to avoid these forms of fat? These fats, Saturated, and Trans fat, poses a threat to our health. Saturated fats, if consumed in large quantities, can actually increase our LDL or “bad cholesterol”.
LDL is responsible for building up plaque in our blood vessels, causing them to narrow down. This increases our risk of heart attacks and other nasty health problems.
Trans fat can also contribute to blood vessel blockage and it can also increase your levels of bad cholesterol. But, unlike Saturated fats, Trans Fat actually brings more bad cholesterol into your body.
Armed with this knowledge, I am not saying you should ditch Saturated fats altogether, but you should definitely ditch Trans fat. Saturated fats are okay to consume so long as you’re consuming it in moderate quantities.
Now that you know the two types of “bad” fats, let’s now talk about the “good” fats. The good fats are unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids.
What separates the unsaturated fats from their saturated counterparts is that most, if not all, unsaturated fats can be found in natural sources and not processed ones.
Why do you need “good” fats in your body? That is because good fats are actually beneficial to your body as they regulate and promote certain bodily functions. For example, omega 3 fatty acids promote the production of anti-inflammatory hormones.
Unsaturated fats provide “good” cholesterol in your body. Unsaturated fats also help prevent cardiovascular diseases and these fats also help with vitamin absorption and increasing your energy levels.
So, where do you get these good fats? Omega 3 fatty acids are commonly found in fish such as Salmon, Mackerel, just to name a few. Even your canned tuna contains Omega 3 fatty acids.
Unsaturated fats can be gotten from nuts, fruits and vegetables, and even olive oils. Since these can be consumed readily, aim to increase your unsaturated fats consumption.
Now that you are well-equipped with the correct knowledge about these things, it is time for you to increase your unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids consumption while lowering your saturated fats and completely eliminating Trans fat from your diet.