Good Fat Vs Bad Fat

13 08 2010

Good Fat Vs Bad Fat


First we need to know which are which and how to differentiate them and recognize them.

While reading labels of the food you consume, you may stumble upon a few of these words referred to as the Fats: Monounsaturated, Polyunsaturated, Saturated and Trans Fats.

Now the First two are from vegetable source and referred to as Good Fats.

Monounsaturated fats are commonly found in the big family of nuts but also in avocados and oils like olive and canola. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fish such as salmon, mackerel and oils like corn, sunflower and soy.  They are referred to as Omega 3 fatty acids. So these two groups of Fats have the beneficial effects of lowering bad LDL cholesterol, help with weight loss, uncloak arteries and most of all prevent us from an early death.

Turning now to the dark side: The Bad Fats.

Memorize these words for this category: Saturated (founds in animal products and some plant foods like coconut, palm and kernel oils) and Trans Fats (packaged, fried and other of the alike foods). On labels in the ingredients section, they can be subtly referred to as hydrogenated and shortening. Beware these words as these types of fats do all the opposite of the Good Fats. They cloak the arteries leading to higher risk of heart attacks, strokes, they significantly increase your weight and they cause cancers and other significant diseases.

It’s very understandable that fat makes food taste better, but now that you know the information below, make sure to choose the right types of fats to add into your daily diet and avoid putting your health at risk for a simple matter of taste buds.

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