The Lowdown On Fats! Is it all bad?

Posted on October 25th, 2011 at 4:00 am by

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You have probably heard a lot of bad things about fats; what you have been told might not be entirely correct.  Fats can be classified into good and bad.  Of course, the more good fats you have in your diet the better things will be for you.  The truth of the matter is, fats are needed for the proper functioning of the nervous system and other important chemical processes that takes place in your body on a daily basis.

There are different types of fat: saturated, unsaturated, and trans fat.  Unsaturated fats are the healthiest.  They are obtained from nuts and seeds.  Unsaturated fats help to lower bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol.  Saturated fats are found in animal products such as meat, chicken and cheese.  Although not the healthiest, it is natural and not entirely bad.  Saturated fats may even help to increase your good cholesterol. 

Trans fat on the other hand are not natural.  They are produced when liquid fat is turned into solid form.  Trans fats are dangerous as they contribute to the clogging of the arteries leading to heart attacks and strokes.  Foods such as donuts, french fries, chips and candy all contain trans fat.  Although they help to enhance taste it is a big price to pay when you consider the damage it does to your health.  Unfortunately, so much of the foods that we consume today contain trans fat.  You have to educate yourself to make wise choices.

It is recommended that your diet be composed of 25% fats, with 7% of this from unsaturated fats.  Just because some fats are healthy does not mean you should over indulge.  Fats are calorie dense, as they contain twice the amount of calories the same serving of protein or carbohydrates does.  Therefore, moderation is the key.

Your body cannot survive without fat as it is a necessity for vital chemical reactions.  It is up to you to ensure that you get it from the healthiest sources.

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