Fats are considered bad and unhealthy but are all fats really bad? There are 2 different types of fats, SATURATED FATS and UNSATURATED FATS. Saturated fats are your bad fats and should be avoided at all cost. These fats are harmful and can lead to very high cholesterol levels and obesity. A simple test can help you distinguish whether the fats that you are consuming are saturated (bad fats) or not, all u have to do is leave the fat in room temperature for a while and if it solidifies then it is saturated. All meat fat and products that contain animal fat are examples of saturated fats.
Unsaturated fats are your good fats and should be consumed in the right amounts daily. Between 5% – 15% of your daily calories should come from unsaturated fats for example olive oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil, these oils contains your essential fatty acids like the omega 3’s and omega 6’s which are essential for weight loss and various bodily functions like; joint health, oxygen transfer, energy production, cell membrane integrity, suppress cortisol production, improves skin texture and improves insulin sensitivity. Essential fatty acids can now be found in a convenient gel tablet form for convenience e.g. Flaxseed tablets. One tablet contains your daily allowance of fatty acids.
Fats have the highest calorie content (9 calories per gram) and it does not matter whether it is saturated or unsaturated therefore it should not constitute for the bulk of your meals. There are various companies out there that are promoting fat free foods, don’t be fooled by this hype. Not all fat free foods are good. These companies have taken out the fats and increased the carbohydrate content in their products and has we know excess carbohydrates can be just as harmful as fats. Everybody should make it a habit to look at the nutritional value of any product being purchased.
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