It’s true, some fats are good for us.
But unfortunately, like most things in life, there are some fats that are really bad for us!
Good Fats and Bad Fats
So, what are the bad fats?
Saturated Fat: This fat comes from animals and is solid at room temperature, it includes the following:
- Red meat
- Processed food, trans fat made from partially hydrogenated oil
Is saturated fat good for our health?
Well, the short answer is no!
A little saturated fat is OK for you, but too much of this fat is really hard to digest. It can easily become deposited and stored in the body, clogging and narrowing the arteries.
So what is required in order to prevent this from happening?
Minimising your intake of fried and processed food and cakes, biscuits, and crisps.
These are the type of foods that are loaded with saturated fat and that are really bad for heart health.
Cook with coconut oil, instead of other vegetable oils; its molecular structure won’t get altered with heat, which is a subject you can read more about in the article, “Healthy Edible Oils“.
What are the good fats that you should include in your diet?
Well, if it’s a healthy food guide you are looking for, then polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats should be included in your diet.
This is the type that helps to lower the risk of disease and heart attacks.
The following fats are the type of fats you should be including in your diet:
Omega 3 fats: You can get these from cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herrings; ideally, you need to eat at least two portions a week.
Omega 6 fats: Good sources of this fat include Evening Primrose Oil, Borage, and Blackcurrant Seed Oil.
A good selection of seeds will also give you your daily intake of good oils.
Really, the key to a healthy lifestyle is a diet rich in more of the good fats than the bad fats.
Choose a healthy salmon over a fatty steak, or vegetable oil over butter.
Think heart health x