What are the different types of fats?
Dietary fats are often the subject of much debate in the media and within the scientific community. Fats are not all created equal and should be considered in one of the following ways:
1) Trans Fat – These are the kind of fats that have been chemically altered to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They interfere with kidneys, liver, heart and many other body functions. Trans fats should be avoided at all costs, since they lead to heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.
2) Saturated Fat – These are the fats you find in meats, dairy and eggs. They raise your LDL Cholesterol (the “Bad” cholesterol) and are particularly harmful to your heart, liver and kidneys.
3) Unsaturated Fat – These are the fats we get from vegetable oils. They raise your HDL (the “Good” cholesterol) and reduce your LDL Cholesterol.
4) Polyunsaturated Fat – These are the fat you get from vegetable oils like corn oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and peanuts. They are also very healthy Fats.
5) Monounsaturated Fat – These are healthy fats you can get from almonds, pecans, peanuts, cashews, and hazelnuts. They are the least likely to be damaged by heat, light or oxygen.
Health Benefits of Fats
Your body needs fats to survive and to function at its best. Fats are the most concentrated form of energy available for use in the body. Your body also uses fat to absorb certain vitamins and to build cell walls. Besides being the most stable energy source, fats are also good for keeping your skin healthy and your hair luxury.are also the building blocks for cell membranes.
There are two basic types of fats. You can find Monounsaturated Fats in olive, canola and peanut oils, and Polyunsaturated Fats in corn oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and peanuts.
Most dieticians, diet plans and physicians recommend that we limit our total intake of fats to 20 to 30 percent of the total calories for a person’s daily total calories. Here are some of the benefits of Fats:
1) The best form of fat for your body is the Fatty Acids group.
2) These fats have an excellent PH value (high heat safe) which means your body can comfortably use them in their natural form without having to turn them into something else.
3) They are the easiest to dissolve and assimilate for maximum absorption so your body gets the best benefit from them.