Know Your Fats

 

We all have to limit our fat intake to maintain a healthy body mass index and over all body fat percentage.  It is important that you know which fats to have and which fats to avoid.  It is important for us to still consume the right kinds of fat for our organ health and vitamin transport.  Some fats are even known to act as a fat burner eg. C.L.A (we will get into how this works at a later stage.  Balance is key and knowledge is power so arm yourself to your perfect health!


Saturated fat

Saturated fats raise your total cholesterol levels as well as LDL cholesterol. It clogs your arteries with plaque, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Saturated fats are found in things like animal products, meat, dairy and also some plant procucts. Everyone gets some saturated fat and a small amount is needed but it is best to limit your intake of saturated fat.

Trans Fat

Trans fats are not natural. Trans fats come from hydrogenated liquid oils. Trans fats are found in products such as packaged foods, fried foods, margarine, some vegetable oils and fast foods.

Trans fats offer no health benefits at all and unlike other types of fats, our bodies do not require transfats. Transfats also raise your LDL cholesterol levels and decrease your HDL cholesterol levels which is the good cholesterol. Studies have been done that may also link transfats to diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease and stroke.

Good fats

Monounsaturated Fat

Monounsaturated fats  have been found to lower total blood cholesterol levels (LDL) while increasing good (HDL) cholesterol levels.

Monounsaturated fats are found in foods like nuts, canola and olive oil, avocados, pumpkin and sesame seeds and some other foods.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Polyunsaturated fats have also been found to have positive effects on cholesterol. Sources of polyunsaturated fats are seafood, fish oil, soy products, corn products, safflower and sunflower oils and pumpkin seed.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies have shown that these fats have been beneficial in treating many types of diseases such as depression, anxiety disorders, ADD and OCD, helps to prevent clogging  of the arteries, reduces bad cholesterol levels and many other things. Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids are most kinds of fish, tuna, herring, mackerel, trout and salmon. Also found in foods like walnuts and other nuts, tofu, Flax seeds and canola oil.

If you are not getting all the fats that you need every day I would advise consulting your Doctor or GP or chemist to get some advice on how you could supplement your diet!

 

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