It is commonly believed that fats are bad for our health and if you are trying to lose weight, you should totally avoid fats in your diet. Fats are labelled unhealthy and damaging to the health, but do you know that they can be really good for your health? All you need to do is to consume the right ones. Here are few things you should know about fats:
- fats can be classified into two: saturated and unsaturated. A good way to distinguish between the two is while saturated fats are usually solids at room temperature and can pack together densely (for example, butter), unsaturated fats don’t pack together and are therefore usually liquids at room temperature (for example, olive oil)
- the consumption of saturated and unsaturated fats affects the level of cholesterol in the body. There are two types of cholesterol in the body – LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as the “bad fat” while HDL cholesterol as the “good fat”
- consuming foods high in saturated fats increases the level of LDL cholesterol in your body, and since your body naturally produces it, it is necessary that you consume foods high in saturated fats in moderation
- foods high in unsaturated fats increases the level of HDL cholesterol (the good fat) in the body and helps to prevent the development of heart diseases
In making healthy food choices, especially regarding fats, all you need do is to include foods with naturally occurring unsaturated fats in your diet daily (for example, olive oil, fish oil, nuts and avocados) and limit the intake of foods high in saturated fats (red meat, butter, poultry and cheese). In other words, you do not have to completely eliminate fats from your diet. But remember that in your food consumption, moderation is key.