Good Fats vs Bad Fats. What You Need To Know...
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When it comes to being on a diet, most people think it is better to avoid anything that has to do with the word 'fat' altogether. However, in recent years, it has come to light that there are good fats and bad fats. So, now we know that not all fat is the same.
Keep in mind, fat is essential to our health because it supports many functions of our body. Some vitamins must-have dietary fat to dissolve so that body can use them. Read on below for a few of the facts you need to know about, both for you to be healthy and fat-free.
Let's Start With Bad Fats
Of course, as with anything else in the world, there are going to be bad dietary fats and plenty of them. It has proven saturated fat and trans fat to be bad for everything from your heart to your waistline. Some unhealthy and bad fats include margarine, butter, beef or pork fat, processed foods, cakes, cookies, etc. These types of fats should be avoided altogether or eaten only in moderation.
FACT: Some unhealthy and bad fats include margarine, butter, beef or pork fat, processed foods, cakes, cookies, etc.
Examples of saturated fats to avoid:
- Beef, pork, and lamb and their fatty cuts
- Chicken and the skin of chicken
- Dairy foods such as butter, sour cream, ice cream and dairy products that are full of fat
- Tropical oils such as palm, cocoa, or coconut
Examples of trans fats to avoid:
- Most fried foods
- Margarine in the stick and tub
- Vegetable oil of any kind
- Baked goods, cookies, cakes, pies
- Microwave popcorn and other processed snacks
Healthy Or Good Fats
Doctors and nutritionist consider monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat as healthy dietary fats. In short, these are better choices for your diet. Foods that primarily contain these healthier fats are liquid when they’re at room temperature, e.g. vegetable oil. Good fats aren't as plentiful, but there are some. There are some examples below.
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Monounsaturated fat examples:
- Canola oils and the others in that family
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Fishes with Omega-3, such as salmon, sardines, trout, mackerel, and tuna
- Flax seeds and flax oil
- Sunflower seed and oil
- Soybean oil
- Corn oil
The Bottom Line
While these are all good in theory, it's not so easy to cut all the bad fats out of your diet. You need to start slowly and work them out a little at a time. Bad fats, such as artificial trans fats and saturated fats, are guilty of unhealthy things - weight gain, obesity epidemic, clogged arteries, risk of certain diseases and so on.
One of the best ways to do this is by avoiding fast-food joints as much as possible and eating healthy at home when you can. Make sure that you read the labels on things that you buy and stay away from the processed food aisle and be fine.
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