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All About Fats – The Good, Bad and Ugly

During the 1980’s and 90’s, the food industry was dominated by the crazy fat-free regime. This left a mark on the grocery stores and menu cards of restaurants. The dietitians recommended people to stay away from fats and fatty foods. Thus, people made a shift from eating healthy foods like almonds and replaced it with grains. This increased the rate of obesity in America while leaving the people wondering why they are getting obese when they are not even eating fats.

Turns out, you need fats in your body to remain healthy. If you extract all the fats from your diet, the good and the bad ones, you will feel hungrier and if you eliminate all the healthy fats from your body, you will likely be taking in more sugar rich food, thus leading to increase in your weight.

It is important to understand that not all fats are bad for your health. Fats help absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals and are a major source of energy for the human body. Thus, you need to know which fats you should be avoiding and which fats will actually make your healthier.

Trans Fats

Trans fats are the bad stuff in the category. They should be taken minimally and avoiding them is the best thing you can do. These fats increase the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and stroke. There is nothing natural and healthy about these fats, thus you should avoid consuming them.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are not as bad as trans fats but they are still not good for your health. Consuming too much of these fats can result in increased levels of cholesterol, which can lead to heart diseases and diabetes. They are fine to be eaten in moderation but should not be eaten regularly. They are commonly found in dairy products, coconut oil and other animal products.

Mono-unsaturated Fats

There are fewer hydrogen atoms in the carbon chains present in these fast thus, consuming these fats is actually good for health. They also curb your appetite and help improve your overall health. Having a diet rich in this type of fats is recommended by dietitians. Mono-unsaturated fats are present in most of the nuts, olive oil, avocado and seafood such as salmon.

Poly-unsaturated Fats

These are the healthiest form of fats that you can give your body. Consuming these fats decrease the risk of heart diseases as they lower your cholesterol levels. These fats include omega 3 and omega 6 fats. Poly-unsaturated fats are found in abundance in fish, flax seeds, walnuts, safflower oil and soybean oil.

It is evident that not all fats are bad for your body and health. It is important to take care of the kinds of fats you are consuming but it is not right to eliminate fats altogether from your diet as your body needs them to produce energy.

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