Are All Fats Bad?

No!

Some are actually essential for health and vitality. There are two categories of fats; saturated and unsaturated.

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and can be found in animal products like meat, cheese, milk and ice-cream. These fats increase the body´s production of LDL cholesterol and increase the risk of coronary diseases.

Unsaturated fats on the other hand are good and essential for health because they can help to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL good cholesterol. These are found in vegetable oils, seeds and nuts.

Unsaturated fats are further categorised as mono and poly unsaturates. Both have health benefits. Sources of monounsaturates include: olives, avocados, peanuts etc. Polyunsaturates are found in fish oil and palm oil. 

Examples of Good and Bad Fats:

Good Fats
Bad Fats
Red Palm Oil
Margarine
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated oils/fats
Fat from Avocado pears
Bleached vegetable oils
Virgin Olive Oil
Fake Butter/Vegetable Oil Spread
Fish Oils
Canola


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2 comments:

  1. Hello Funke, I though Canola is also goo. Usually, they suggest that if you cant afford olive oil, then you go for canola oil. What do you think?

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    1. Hiya,
      I suspected that this post could raise comments like yours....but the truth is that Canola Oil is made from genetically modified rapeseeds (rapeseed oil was initially not fit for human consumption until around 1974 in the US...due to some carcinogenic substances it contained)
      Event though it claims to be healthy, I am personally not always too keen to use products that have undergone this type of modification. I tend to go for more natural products like coconut oil and red palm oil.
      Hope this clarifies the matter for you. Thanks for your comments.
      Funke

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