Cutting out all fats from our diet is a bad idea. We consume a variety of fats, not all of them are detrimental. It is important we distinguish and understand the difference.
Let’s start with the HEALTHY FATS:
Our body needs healthy fats to function. MONOUNSATURATED, POLYUNSATURATED, OMEGA 3 and OMEGA 6 are the must eat fats. They are responsible for
- Absorbing and transporting vitamins A, D, E and K.
- fat cells insulate our body helping us to keep warm
- protect and promote healthy function of our nerves and brain
- maintain healthy skin and cell membrane
- a source of energy
- regulate certain hormones
Most living creatures, animals and plants included, contain a certain amount of fat. Try to include a healthy source of fat in your diet. You may be surprised to know how good for us these foods are:
- olive oil
- coconut oil
- dark chocolate
X The fats we SHOULD AVOID are TRANS FATS X
Food companies began using hydrogenated oil to help increase the shelf life of foods and save costs. Hydrogenation is a process in which a liquid unsaturated fat is turned into a solid fat by adding hydrogen. During this processing a type of fat called TRANS FAT is made.
This chemical manufactured TRANS FAT is found in a variety of food products
- Baked goods / cakes / biscuits / doughnuts / pies
- Confectionery / sweets / chocolates
- Dairy products / margarine / cream
- Processed Foods / ready meals / burgers / chips / pizza / sauces
- Snacks / crisps / crackers / popcorn
Basic rule to follow – if food is in its natural form it is generally healthy and beneficial to eat. If it comes out of a container and you cannot see what the ingredients are, it’s likely to contain some form of trans fats and therefore detrimental to our health!