Nowadays, more people are getting obese because of their food choices. One misconception is that assuming that eating more fatty foods are the reason for being obese. In fact, studies show that we all need fats and can�t live without them. It should be a part of our healthy diet. We just have to be more careful of the amount and the kind of fat that we always eat.
Some fats help our health while others increase our risk of heart disease and other kinds of illness. This is what we called the bad fats and the good fats. The good fats are Monounsaturated Fats and Polyunsaturated Fats while bad fats are Saturated Fats and Trans Fats.
To know the difference of good fat from bad fat, let�s tackle their kinds:
1.) Good Fats
Monounsaturated Fats – Monounsaturated Fats lower total cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol. It helps to maintain levels of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Foods that contains Monounsaturated Fats: peanut butter, nuts, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, almonds, canola oil, olive oil, and avocado.
Polyunsaturated Fats – Polyunsaturated Fats lower total and LDL cholesterol which is very good for the body and can contribute to weight loss. Foods such as corn, soy, walnuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, canola oil, salmon, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
2.) Bad Fats
Saturated Fats � It increases total blood cholesterol and bad LDL cholesterol. Foods with saturated fats are dairy products, meats, eggs, butter, palm oil, coconut oil, and seafoods.
Trans Fats � It is formed when hydrogen gas reacts with oil. It helps food production process to have a better and longer life. Trans fats are bad for our body and worse that saturated fats. Foods with Trans Fats are commercially packaged foods like microwavable popcorns, margarines, cakes, doughnuts, potato chips, French fries, and cookies.
Now that you know the kinds of fats, always remember to prevent eating bad fats and instead replace it with good fats especially when we our on a diet. Minimize using commercially packaged foods and use cooking oils that are low in bad fats. Concentrate on eating good kinds of food because there�s more evidence that many fats are good for people and actually reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. So, just enjoy eating and being healthy always.