Quite often we avoid fats assuming that will lead to high cholesterol, increased waistline, heart problems or some other health-related issues. But in fact, studies have proved that we need to include good quality fats in our diet to stay fit and healthy. What are good fats and bad fats?
Fat is a nutrient like carbohydrates and proteins. There are four different types of fat that can appear on a nutrition label: trans, saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Some of these fats are ‘good’ because they can have positive health benefits, and some are ‘bad’ because they may negatively impact your health.
Trans and saturated fats can be found in many foods – including doughnuts, French fries, and baked goods including pastries, pie crusts, biscuits, pizza dough, and stick margarine and shortenings. You can determine the amount of trans and saturated fats in a particular packaged food by looking at the Nutrition Facts panel.
“Good Fats” are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
are shown to improve cholesterol levels
may help reduce risk factors for heart disease and stroke
may help reduce the risk of diabetes
could promote healthy nerve activity
are shown to improve vitamin absorption
are required to maintain a healthy immune system
promote cell development
Foods that contain good fats include a number of vegetable oils, including canola oil, sunflower oil, high oleic canola and sunflower oils like Omega-9 Oils, corn oil, as well as fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout. Other sources include some nuts and seeds such as walnuts and sunflower seeds.
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