Saturated Fat vs. Unsaturated Fat

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Saturated Fat vs. Unsaturated Fat




Saturated fats increase the risk of certain diseases, while unsaturated fats reduce the risk. How to tell bad fats from good fats?

Good fats vs. bad fats

“Eat low-fat, low–cholesterol diet. This helps to lose weight and prevent cancer and heart disease”. Most of us have heard this simple recommendation so often that we can recite it in our sleep. However, some dietary fats are essential for our health. What really matters is the type of fat you eat. Bad fats increase the risk of certain diseases, while good fats reduce the risk. The best thing to do is to substitute good fats for bad ones.

Saturated fats

A diet rich in this type of fat will increase your cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Saturated fats are mainly animal fats found in high quantities in meat, dairy products like full-fat milk, cheese and butter, poultry skin, egg yolks. Some plant foods are also high in saturated fats, for example, coconut oil and palm oil.

Unsaturated fats

When used in place for saturated fats, unsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. Good sources of unsaturated fats are vegetable oils like sunflower, soya or corn, olive oils and avocado pears.

As well as cutting down your fat intake, try to eat foods containing unsaturated fats (good fats) instead of saturated fats (bad fats).

You can cut down your fat intake by reducing the amount of butter and margarine you use and limiting the amount of cakes, biscuits and chocolate you eat. Try to bake, grill or microwave food instead of frying it. Cut off any visible fat from meat and remove the skin from chicken before cooking.

Recommended reading

Reference

  • MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Fats
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002468.htm





2 thoughts on “Saturated Fat vs. Unsaturated Fat”

  • Please do some research before you start posting this kind of crap and missinforming people.
    1. Fat doesnt make you fat.What happens when we don’t have enough fat in our diet? Low fat = Dry scaly skin,Hair loss,Low body weight,Cold intolerance,Bruising,Poor growth,Lower resistance to infection,Poor wound healing,
    Loss of menstruation. Your heart needs fat to function. Fat is needed to lubricate lungs.

    2. Saturated fats are healthy. Coconut oil(please research). While these other oils you mentioned cause inflamationa and oxidazation which leads to hearth diseae. Strange that in the early 1900s people didnt have heart dieseases untill all these crapy oils and sugars came into picture. Again research oils.

    3. Eggs are very healthy, eat 2-3 a day. They lower cholesterol, which is needed for cell function and is a building block to our hormones. It was never proven that eggs are bad. Again plsease research.

  • Please read the article before calling it crap. The author tells that unsaturated fats can help lower cholesterol and maintain a healthy heart. The intake of saturated fats should be reduced. It is good for your health when you substitute unsaturated fats for saturated ones. It does not mean that saturated fats should be eliminated from the diet completely. An appropriate balance of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats is best.

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