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Sunday February 10 2013

Good Fats vs Bad Fats - the facts




Good Fats vs Bad Fats - the facts

This articles is aimed in particular at those people who consume fat free/low fat products, and also those who have been advised a low fat diet.


Ill start off with a little science, did you know that there are actually different types of fats?


Monounsaturated Fats - Remember these as MONkey nuts, an example of some monounsaturated fats are nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil. They help to protect the arteries and also prevent clotting.


Saturated Fats - Remember these as sad fats, an example of some 'bad fats' are processed meats, whole diary products, and many bakery items, most of them are known to raise blood cholesterol which combined with cell inflammation can create cardiovascular disease. However some saturated fats are good for us, such as coconut oil, this sat fat (in moderation) is beneficial to our health.


Polyunsaturated Fats - these are a mixed bag, some are more beneficial than others. For example omega 3 polyunsaturated fats (found in fish oils) are good to our health and can decrease inflammation (a huge cause of CVD), this is because they are a very loose bond that flow through our arteries easily. Some of omega 6 polyunsaturated fats are vegetable oils, many baked and snack foods, omega 6 is not good when you consume too much of it at the expense of omega 3. If you feel as though you do consume a lot of baked goods (crisps, snack bars etc) then I would certainly recommend to supplement with a rich in EPA and DHA omega 3.


Partially hydrogenated fat aka Trans Fats - these are fats that have had hydrogen pumped back into it to keep it firmer at room temperature so that they last longer, used a lot in supermarkets to save the shelf life.


My recommendations are to increase your omega 3, use supplements if need be that are rich in EPA & DHA, limit your omega 6 poly's. Cut out trans fats completely, use natural oils i.e. coconut, flaxseed, extra virgin olive oil, and also check what you're eating, look to consume more grass fed meats, and look at free range or organic.




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