While many are under the impression that fats are bad in every case, our bodies actually need some fats in order to lose weight. This false impression is a result of claims made by various diet fads which took off in the eighties. There are fats that are good for you and fats that are bad, and understanding the difference between the two will aid you in your journey towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. Today, we’re going to discuss the difference between good and bad fats.
Fats to Avoid
What doctors and professional nutritionists consider bad fats are known as saturated and trans fats. These fats tend to be abundant in packaged, processed foods. French fries, margarine, cup-noodles, and cake mixes are some of the packaged foods that feature a lot of bad fats. Bad fats raise your bad cholesterol levels (the LDL number) and lower your good cholesterol number (HDL). The reason behind this lies in the process of hydrogenation, which is a chemical process that food makers use to preserve the fat in packaged foods and keep it from going bad.
Fats to Incorporate into Your Diet
Good fats, on the other hand, are known by professionals as unsaturated fats. These fats are necessary for a healthy lifestyle because many essential vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K, cannot be absorbed by the body without it. Foods rich in unsaturated fat can also help you feel fuller for a longer period of time because they take longer for the body to digest. Omega-3, omega-6, oleic acid, and linoleic acids are common varieties of unsaturated fats you should keep an eye on the next time you go to the grocery store. Some foods rich in unsaturated fats include avocados, liquid plant oils such as olive and canola, fish, and walnuts.
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