Healthy Perspective by Eric Yeager

The controversy over fats

To clear things up, we do need fat in our diet, yes that's correct. Before I go into discussing why this is beneficial for your body, I'm going to go over the four different types of fats and give you a quick synopses about each of type.

There are two "healthy" fats which are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated.  The "unhealthy" fats are saturated fats and "Trans" fats which you might see on a food label disguised as partially hydrogenated oils.

Foods that have polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are nuts, fish, flax seeds, olive oil  and much more.  We need these healthy fats to be able to transport our fat soluble vitamins which are vitamins A, D, E and K throughout our body which will help us have a healthy and balanced diet.

Saturated fats come from mainly animal meats with the fatty skin still intact.  Too much saturated fat can raise our LDL which is your "bad" cholesterol.  "Trans" fats occur in small amounts in animal meats and dairy products but for the most part it's a man-made fat.  To make a "Trans" fat, hydrogen is injected into vegetable oil which makes the fat solid at room temperature.  "Trans" fats are used in baking and are added to foods at the grocery store which help increase a shelf life.  "Trans" fats are worse for people because not only do they increase your LDL cholesterol but they also decrease your HDL cholesterol.

So remember, if you want to check if your food contains "Trans" fat, look on the back of the food label where the ingredients are listed and look for partially hydrogenated oil.

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