By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
If you are like the majority of those who try to pay attention to what is in your food, you get frustrated and flustered when it comes to trying to understand food labels, especially when it comes fats and how they affect your fitness and health. You have heard that there are good fats and bad fats, but you don’t know which is which!
Many of these fats can cause damaging issues with your body’s cholesterol levels, which is hazardous to your health.
Listed below are the 5 fats you can expect to see in today’s different foods. I will tell you if these certain fats are good or bad for you, where you can find them and what the positive or negative effects can be on your body if you are consuming them.
- Saturated Fat: This type of fat will increase your cholesterol and can bump up the risk you have for Type 2 Diabetes. You should not let saturated fats be in any more than 10% of your total calories consumed daily. Opt for low fat fat dairy products and the leanest meats your supermarket has to offer
- Palm/coconut oils
- Dairy products
2. Polyunsaturated Fat: These specific fats are liquid when at room temperature and are a healthy unsaturated fat. These fats have the ability to help lower your cholesterol levels.
- Safflower Oil
- Corn Oil
3. Monounsaturated Fat: This kind of fat is also a healthy fat. A unsaturated fat that is liquid when at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats raise your good cholesterol (HDL) and can lower your bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Peanut Oil
- Canola Oil
- Olive Oils
4. Trans Fat: These particular fats are probably the worst for you to put in your body. These foods are normally very artificial, processed and filled with preservatives. They are liquid fats but have to be filled with hydrogen so that they can remain solid at room temperature. These particular fats are most commonly found in fast foods. This fat can increase your cholesterol levels and put you at a very high risk for diabetes and heart attacks. Check your foods label. If you see the words “partially hydrogenated”, “hydrogenated” or “shortening”, then that food DOES CONTAIN trans fats.
- Fried foods
- Fast foods
5. Omega-3 Fatty Acid: This fat is the top dog when it comes to unsaturated fats. Omega-3’s control the clotting of blood, fight internal inflammation of the body and will help lower high bloods pressure. It is suggested that we eat 3.5oz a week of Omega-3’s each week.
Not being informed on nutrition is no doubt overwhelming. Having a breakdown of what different fats are and where they can be found can truly help you when it comes to understanding what your body needs and doesn’t need.
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