A Quick Guide to Fats

Trans/Hydrogenated Fat

Granted there are fats that you should AVOID at all costs such as Trans/hydrogenated fats, found in fried, pre packaged food. The reason being, is that these fats are man-made or have been genetically altered for longer shelf life. The body is unable to brake these fats down and in turn can lead to heat disease and obesity. However your body needs fats…good fats from healthy sources.

Saturated fats

Your intake of saturated should be less than 10% of your total daily caloric intake.

Animal fat, dairy and poultry with skin should be eliminated from your diet and they contain LDL (low density lipoproteins) which lead to high cholesterol. Try to choose lean meat where possible.

Coconut Oil is a rich source of saturated fat, but has many health  benefits such as ‘good’ HDL (high density lipoproteins) which also reduce LDLs and is virtually cholesterol free, but your intake still needs to be monitored.

Unsaturated Fats

These fats should make up your primary intake of fat.These are high in HDL and act by lowering LDL in the body in-turn lowering cholesterol.

Vegetable fats are the healthiest fats and are found in avocados, olives, nuts and seeds, they also have big health benefits.

Fish Oil is a polyunsaturated fat which contain omega 3, which your body needs but cannot make on its own so they must be consumed.

So there you have it a super quick guide to fats and how to use them. Click the link below to download a cheat sheet of listed ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats.

List of fats


 

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Please note:

Please remember I'm not a doctor of any kind and the information on this site is advisory only, you must always consult a qualified physician prior to dramatic lifestyle changes or if you have any cause for concern about your own well-being.

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