A decade or two ago, most people thought all fats were unhealthy, and were responsible for the development of all types of diseases and cancers. However adds that after years of research, we now know that not all fats are bad, and some are actually good for our body.
Let’s take a quick look at what differentiates good, from unhealthy fats.
Let’s look at the healthy fats first. These are called unsaturated fats, and they are divided into two types – monounsaturated & polyunsaturated. Health experts contend that monounsaturated fats help reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol, and increase HDL, or good cholesterol Polyunsaturated fats are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are often sourced from oils and seeds, nuts and cold-water fish. Omega 3-fatty acids help reduce blood pressure, ward of bad cholesterol, protect the brain and nervous system, and fight inflammation.
The bad, or unhealthy fats are called saturated fats. These are guaranteed artery-cloggers which often become solid at room temperature. Saturated fats have also been studied to raise bad cholesterol levels, and increase the likelihood of cardiovascular and heart disease too. Saturated fats can be obtained from consuming meat and dairy products.
The 2010 Dietary Guideline For Americans has suggested that we reduce our saturated fat intake to no more than 7 percent of daily intake.