Healthy Fats
31 Aug 2016

Healthy Fats

Cutting out all fats from our diet

31 Aug 2016

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

healthyfats

  • 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:

  • avocados
  • eggs
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • fish
  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • olives
  • 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.

transfats

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!

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