We use various types of fats in our diet. We all know fats lead to weight gain and weight loss is aimed at burning fats. But fats are needed in small quantities by our body to carry on its normal functions. Few fats are considered as good fats and few are considered as bad fats. Let’s us know the difference.
5 facts about good and bad fats
Saturated Fat: Unhealthy Ones
1. Saturated fats, which are generally solid at room temperature,
2. These are the least healthy and tend to increase the level of cholesterol in our blood.
3. They are also largely responsible for causing artery blockage which leads to eventual heart failure.
4. Foods that contain saturated fat include butter, cheese, margarine, shortening, tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil and the fats in meat and poultry skin.
5. Consumption of these oils and foods should be limited. Otherwise, they may bring serious health problems.
Unsaturated Fat: Healthy Ones
1. Unsaturated fats reduce blood cholesterol when they replace saturated fats in the diet.
2. There are two types of unsaturated fat: monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.
3. Monounsaturated fats have been shown to raise the level of HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol that protects against heart attacks) in the blood, so in moderation they can be part of a healthy diet. This is why they are known as the good fats.
4. Polyunsaturated fat (PUFAs). This is a type of fat found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Foods rich in polyunsaturated fats improve blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
5. Olive, canola, and peanut oils are good sources of monounsaturated fats.
All fats, even the good ones will still make you gain weight if too much is consumed. The key here is to keep all fats in moderation but try to make the majority of your fat intake come from the good ones whenever possible. No more than 20% of your daily calorie intake should be from fat of any kind, especially if you are trying to lose weight.