The low fat diets that have been around for decades now are finally beginning to be dismissed. Low fat, or no fat diets, can be harmful to your body because any time you entirely get rid of one naturally occurring substance, you risk deficiencies. Fats are simply too important to your body to entirely do without.
Of course, telling the difference between the good fats and the bad fats can be easier said then done. Nevertheless there are a few standard rules that you can use to sort this out. Giving your body healthy fats is just as essential as avoiding those that cause more harm than good.
Good fats help our body to maintain healthy cells, optimum absorption of nutrients and nervous system function. They are good for the skin, the hair and nails, as well as for the brain. Bad fats, on the other hand, cause weight gain, heart disease, and can contribute to certain kinds of cancer. Knowing the difference is therefore fundamental for those seeking to live a healthy lifestyle.
Good fats consist of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats have lower cholesterol and LDL cholesterol properties. They instead help to increase the good cholesterol (HDL). Included in this list are all sorts of nuts, avacados, and canola and olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats include, seafood like salmon and other kinds of fish oil, as well as soy, corn or sunflower and safflower oils.
Saturated and transfats are the ones we need to steer clear of or eat only in moderation. Saturated fats include: animal fats, dairy, eggs and certain seafood. Some plants used for oils such as coconut, palm and palm kernel oil are also heavy in saturated fat. These all contain higher LDL cholesterol levels. So while you won’t want to give all of these foods up entirely, unless you are on a cholesterol free diet as advised by your doctor, you will probably want to limit their intake.
Transfats should however be avoided at all costs. There are no health benefits to hydrogenated oils. Transfatty acids are formed from the hydrogenating process and are found in a host of pre-packaged foods. Most frequently you’ll find these bad fats in microwaveable foods, vegetable shortening, hard margarine, and the French fries at your favourite fast food chain. Avoiding these as much as is humanly possible is the wisest course of action.
Eating fat is good for you health as long as you choose the right kinds. Knowing the difference between mono and polyunsaturated fats and saturated and trans fats can therefore help you improve your health and maintain your physique.