Good Fats Vs. Bad Fats
When it comes to weight loss, we often blame fat for the excess pounds we gain. Did you know there are actually good fats and bad fats?
Unsaturated fats are actually the goods fats, which can help with lowering cholesterol and heart disease.
One, called polyunsaturated fat, can be found in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has become quite popular in the health world because of their heart health benefits.
You can get Omega-3s from fish like salmon, mackerel, and trout, and also from nuts like walnuts. Doctors recommend you get your Omega-3s from food instead of supplements.
The other good fats are called monounsaturated fats. You can find these fats in olives, avocados, almonds, cashews, and numerous oils. Monounsaturated fats are often liquid at room temperature but will solidify in the refrigerator. They are also a great source of the antioxidant Vitamin E.
The “bad” fats also come in two categories; saturated fats and trans fatty acids.
You can find saturated fats in dairy and other animal products like milk, meats, eggs, and more.
Trans fats are the worst fats for you to consume. The industry is trying to get away from using these. A lot of fried goods, baked goods, margarine, and more use these. These fats can cause high cholesterol, clogged arteries, and increased risk for heart disease.
Here are few diet tips to help you control your fat intake:
- Choose a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
- Pick dairy products that are low-fat or non-fat (skim).
- Used reduced fat or fat-free salad dressings.