A common misconception about fats is that they are universally bad for the human body. This is entirely false considering that certain fat types actually prevent cholesterol, and alongside carbohydrates ensures that the body has enough energy to undertake day-to-day tasks. Bad fat substances are in abundance in today’s more popular food chains and the problem is that they are more appealing to our taste buds. Willpower is integral in maintaining a proper dietary routine, being able to resist these damaging fat substances is of the utmost necessity in today’s gluttonous world. This article’s intention is in educating you, the reader, as to which fats are good for us, and which fats aren’t.
Trans Fat is one of the most dangerous fatty substances known to mankind. You are far better off without ever consuming any food that contains this type of fat. Trans Fat consists of oils that are jam packed with hydrogen, hence they assume a solid state under room temperature.
Check the nutrition panel of every product you buy and look at the ingredients section. Any hydrogenated, shortening or partially hydrogenated food product contains Trans Fat. Be sure to put these products back where they belong; on the supermarket shelf!
Trans Fat increases harmful cholesterol counts which are known as LDL, and actually reduces the count of HDL, the beneficial type of cholesterol. Identifying Trans Fat products is very important for anyone who has heart issues or is battling obesity.
Saturated Fat isn’t as harmful as Trans Fat but it still has a negative impact on the body if consumed in high quantities. Saturated fats increase your cholesterol and LDL counts. Many meat products such as fish, beef and poultry have high amounts of saturated fat! Make sure to cook your meat thoroughly to burn as much fat off the meat as you possibly can.
Many dairy products contain saturated fats such as yogurt, ice cream and cheese. Vegetable and cooking oils also have a high count of saturated fat and you need to make sure you know what you are consuming!
Nutrition experts suggest that a person should not consume more than 10% of saturated fat in their total calorie consumption each day. So if a person is consuming 2,000 calories in one day, 20 grams of saturated fat is the maximum amount they should consume.
Polyunsaturated Fats are usually found in commonly known healthy foods such as vegetables, seeds and numerous oils. Polyunsaturated Fats consist of omega-3 and omega-6 type fatty acids. These acids are not produced by the human body and they can only be made by being consumed.
Numerous experiments have shown that Polyunsaturated Fats reduce cholesterol counts in the body! Some of the best sources of Polyunsaturated Fats are walnuts, soy milk, tuna, mackerels, trouts, sunflower seeds and many others.
Monounsaturated Fats are the easiest beneficial fats to find for the human body. Monounsaturated fats have been proven to reduce cholesterol, and raise counts of HDL! In terms of other fats, this is the safest option to go with for people with cardiovascular issues. At room temperature monounsaturated fats retain a liquid state and that is one of the key reasons as to why it is good for the human body!
You can find this type of fat in many products such as, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts, olives and many others. The great thing about these products is that you don’t have to be too careful when consuming them. Of course one should know that consuming too many nuts results in a very high calorie count ensure you monitor your intake.
Fight the bad fats!
Now that you know which fats are good and which ones are bad you should work on cutting down consumption of trans fats and unsaturated fats. Some of the best ways of doing so is to incorporate more poultry and fish into your diet rather than red meat. Use healthy vegetable oils to cook such as canola oil or olive oil instead of lard and butters. Eat or drink dairy products in moderation and avoid low-fat dairy products (often packed full of preservatives) like mozzarella! A healthier and more fresh lifestyle is essential to living a long happy life and proper nutrition is one of the best ways to do that.