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The Skinny on Fats

“Fat makes you fat right? No wait, you have to eat fat to lose fat” … let’s clear up the myths from the facts once and for all.

Dietary fat is now rising in the ranks and being dubbed as ultimate health food!

What is fat?

There are numerous types of fat, some of which are found in the foods you eat — these are called dietary fats. Dietary fat is an essential nutrient and is one of the three main macronutrients that serves many essential functions in the body.

Fat is the most calorie dense macronutrient at 9 calories per gram.

All fats are not equal!


Trans Fats

Trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. Unlike other dietary fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

A diet laden with trans fat increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women.

The manufactured form of trans fat, known as partially hydrogenated oil, is found in a variety of food products, including:

  • Some Varieties of Microwavable Popcorn
  • Certain Margarines and Vegetable Oils
  • Fried Fast Foods
  • Bakery Products – pastries, cakes, cookies
  • Non-Dairy Coffee Creamers

Trans fats are most commonly used to increase shelf life of products and serve no nutritional purpose.


Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are found mostly in animal products such as, fattier cuts of meat, dairy products, butter and cheese and are solid at room temperature. Turns out, they’re not the villain they were once made out to be and actually play a crucial role in many functions within the body.

It has become trendy to consume large amounts of saturated fats, however whilst these fats need to be in your food plan, but perhaps not to the extent of adding whole sticks of butter to your morning coffee or drinking a glass of cream!


Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats

Good fats come mainly from vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish. They differ from saturated fats by having fewer hydrogen atoms bonded to their carbon chains. Healthy fats are liquid at room temperature, not solid.

The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids found in polyunsaturated fats are absolutely essential to our survival and health. The are essential to consume in our diet because our body cannot make them!


The truth about fats: the good, the bad, and the in-between

Fat is an essential nutrient for our bodies. It provides energy. It helps our guts absorb certain vitamins from foods.

Avoid the trans fats, limit the saturated fats, and replace with essential polyunsaturated fats