After so many years of nutritionists, doctors and health specialists telling us that fat is injurious for our health, it is difficult to digest the fact that in actuality the opposite of that is true. Despite famous myths that cutting down fats in your diet are the key to losing weight, controlling cholesterol and managing health problems, recent studies have disclosed that there exists both good as well as bad types of fats and it is the type of fat that you actually eat is what really matters.
We went through the era of low fat foods, from low fat ice-cream, cookies, yoghurt, skimmed milk or even baked potato chips. However, the world did not observe any positive change and this fat cutting frenzy have failed to deliver on their weight-loss and waist-trimming promises by a wide range. It is vital to realize that fat from healthy foods is not the same as fat found on the midsection of the rapidly increasing obese population of our countries.
In actuality, fat provides our body with a variety of essential nutrients and benefits that we can absolutely not live without. Mono unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the ‘good fats’. They provide our body with essential fatty acids, lower disease risk, regulate metabolism, absorbs vitamins and minerals and provides a strong basic structure to stabilize our body cells. In addition, fat acts as a transmitter for fat-soluble vitamins into and around the body. Certain amount of fat is also necessary for maintenance of fresh skin and plays a central role in improving eyesight as well as brain development in babies and children. Good fats are beneficial for your heart, your cholesterol and the overall health. These generally include healthy vegetable oils (olive, coconut, grapeseed, hemp, avocado etc), nuts, seeds. If you’re not vegetarian/vegan, then fish and eggs are another option.
In contrast, certain other fats have proven through research to be the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and elevated cholesterol levels worldwide. The ‘bad fats’ include saturated fats and trans fat. Diets rich in this type of fats lead to a rise in the level of cholesterol, resulting in clogged arteries that block the flow of oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain and heart and therefore, increases the tendency of a heart stroke. However even saturated fats taken in moderate quantities have many benefits such as boosting our immune system, inhibiting oxidation and encouraging bone health. Foods containing saturated fats include dairy products like milk or yoghurt and manufactured goods such as biscuits, cakes etc.
Thus, when it comes to fat both quality as well as quantity counts. While on one hand, fat consumption is an absolute necessity for a healthy being. However, if taken in massive quantities, it can have a large number of negative effects generating innumerous heart and weight related issues.
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