Fat – Oh the Dreaded Word

Fat?! I hate that word!

In this day and age, fat has gotten a bad name for itself…so much so that we all look for things that are NO fat or LOW fat…and that isn’t necessarily good. After all, not all fat is bad and we all need it to live. So what exactly is fat? It is a nutrient & is crucial for normal body function. It supplies us with energy and makes it possible for other nutrients to do their job. Fats can be either liquid or solid form depending on their structure and composition. Fats that are liquid at room temperature are known as oil, and fats that are solid are known as fats. All fats, whether liquid or solid, are called lipids.

Examples of fat & foods they can be found in are:

  • Animal Fat
    • Butter, lard, cream, fat in (and on) meats
  • Vegetable Fat
    • Olive oil, Peanut oil, Flax seed oil, Corn oil
  • Saturated Fat
    • This is the “bad” fat and if you consume too much over a long period of time it can increase health risks. It can raise cholesterol levels which can lead to cardiovascular disease and possibly a stroke.
    • Meat products, Skin of poultry, Dairy products, Many processed foods (cakes, biscuits, pastries) and Coconut oil.
  • Monounsaturated Fat
    • These are the fat that health nutritionists say are “neutral”. This fat is neither good nor bad for you. Many experts say they actually help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. The Mediterranean diet consists of a lot of this type of fat.
    • Olives, Ground nut oil, Avocados
  • Polyunsaturated Fat
    • These fats can be beneficial for your health when consumed in moderation and in replacement of saturated fats or trans fats. They can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your chances for heart disease. Not only that, health professionals say they may reduce the symptoms of arthritis, joint problems and some skin problems. Polyunsaturated fats include essential fats, Omega-6 and Omega-3, which your body can not produce on it’s own.
    • Oily fish (sardines, trout, mackerel, herring, salmon), Safflower oil, Grape-seed oil, Sunflower oil…and of course Omega Plex by AdvoCare 🙂
  • Trans fat
    • Trans fats do not naturally occur. They are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid…also known as partially hydrogenated oils. They can be either monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, but they are never saturated. Trans fats are NOT essestional for a healthy life and they do not promote good health. Trans fats can increase your bad cholesterol levels and lower your good cholesterol levels, which can lead to coronary heart disease and possibly a stroke.
    • Fried foods (french fries), Doughnuts, Pies, Pastries, Biscuits, Pizza dough, Cookies, Crackers, Stick Margarine, Shortenings, and Many other baked goods.

So ALL Fat Isn’t Bad?

As you can see, there is good fat and bad fat. You just have to be aware so you can make the healthy “fat” choices.  Try to avoid the bad fat as much as possible and make sure you put the good fat into your body and you will be well on your way to your weight loss & health goals.

 

 

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