Thursday, March 9, 2017

Healthy Fats VS Unhealthy Fats: The Unknown Truth

Healthy Fats VS Unhealthy Fats: The Unknown Truth

A very common misconception is that if a food product has a high amount of fat in the label, it means that it is bad for you, and it will in turn, make you fat. This belief however, is moderately false. Fats CAN be good for you. It’s all about what type of fats you are consuming.

There are four types of fats that are most commonly known and they are:
  • Polyunsaturated fats
  • Monounsaturated fats (Omega 3)
  • Trans Fats
  • Saturated Fats
The first two fats that are listed (Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated) are the fats that are the most beneficial to your health. Some examples of Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fats include: avocados, nuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, soymilk, and tofu. Some of the benefits you will receive from eating these fats are:
  • Feeling more full after each meal
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Help battle fatigue
  • Protection against memory loss and dementia
Bad Fats: These are the fats that are most commonly known as “fatty foods.” These fats include trans fats and saturated fats. Some examples of trans fats include: fried foods, candy bars, and other packaged goods like cookies and crackers. Althoughsaturated fats aren’t always bad for you, limited consumption is best for your health. Some examples of foods with a high concentration of saturated fats would be beef, butter, cheese, and whole-fat dairy products.  Some of the risks you may be taking when consuming trans fat, or an excessive amount of saturated fats are:
  • An increase in the risk of heart disease
  • Higher cholesterol levels
  • Increase in appetite from eating and then not feeling full
  • Potential clogging of the arteries
  • Higher risk of getting Diabetes
Sam Frascone