All fats are not created equally in foods. Some foods made up of fat can be more harmful to your health and destructive in your efforts to lose weight. Do you know the differences? Let me help you.
Foods contain fats made up from either saturated fat, such as butter, margarine, and mayonnaise, or unsaturated fat, such as olive oil and other oils.
Saturated fat can contribute to high cholesterol and other diseases. These types of fats are solid at room temperature. Saturated fats contribute to raising your bad cholesterol (LDL).
Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil and canola oil are excellent sources of fat. Both contribute to raising your good cholesterol (HDL) while lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL).
Some fats provide your Omega 6 and Omega 3 type fats. These types of fats come from fish and fish oil, some vegetables, such as avocados, vegetable oils, grains, seeds, and some nuts. These types of fats protect your organs by lowering your cholesterol and producing hormones that help your blood clot, support your immune system, and regulate your blood pressure. These fats are also known as essential fats.
Polyunsaturated fats, made from vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, and corn oil are very unhealthy forms of fats. These types of fats are trans fats which means hydrogen has been added to create these fats. Margarine is this type of fat. Also known as trans fats, these fats work to lower both your good and bad cholesterol. Remember we want to lower our bad LDL cholesterol and raise our good HDL cholesterol.
Enjoy your good fats while dieting. Good fats will contribute release of good hormones that will help you shed weight and belly fat. These fats will make your food more satisfying, especially when you are changing your eating from foods that do not serve your body well (junk foods) to healthier choices. Not all fats are created equally. Take advantage of good fats (walnuts) and you will love the health benefits.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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