Good Fats vs Bad Fats

Good Fats vs Bad Fats

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The fat in the body has a whole host of other uses, apart from the storage of energy. It cushion’s organs, help’s in the making of hormones, and is important to keep your hair and nails healthy. You need some fat in your body, but too much will probably ruin your health (and your looks). So then, are all fats bad? The short answer is no. There are good ones and bad ones.

Knowing the difference makes all the difference. Why don’t we dive right into it and look at each type of fat individually?

SATURATED FATS (THE UNHEALTHY GANG)

These ones are solid at normal room temperature. They’re unhealthy because they dramatically increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Now, don’t get us wrong, cholesterol is important for your body, just not in large amounts. Excessive saturated fats will block all those passages your blood passes through (arteries) and in the end leads to heart failure. Nasty, huh? So, where do you find these fats of doom? Cheese, tropical oils like coconut and palm oil, margarine, and the fat in meats and the skin on poultry. Keep your consumption of these low, for your own good.

UNSATURATED FATS (THE HEALTHY BUNCH)

These ones actually have the opposite effect of saturated fats as far as cholesterol is concerned. The reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Like I said, cholesterol isn’t bad, it’s about having the right amount of the right cholesterol in your blood. A certain variety of saturated fats (monounsaturated fats) actually increases the amount of the right cholesterol in your body and reduces the bad cholesterol. They make part of a good diet. You’ll find them in olive, peanut and canola oils.

Whether saturated or unsaturated, both fats can still make you fat if you take them in large amounts.

Don’t forget, however, that everything should be taken in moderation.

Deidre Hartfield 

Dee Hartfield