Everyone knows what fat is, and whether you like it or not, fat is everywhere. Fat is in almost everything we eat. In recent years, fat has gotten a bad rep, people believe that fat is what makes a person gain weight. Or in other words, get ‘fat’, however, this isn’t necessarily true. Fat can come be good and bad. Most people overlook this and stick to a diet that is low fat, they usually do this to lose weight. Although, most nutritionists say that good fat is amazing for your body and diet most people don’t know exactly what that is. Don’t worry, we are here to get the skinny on what makes fat good or bad.
What is good fat?
Let’s start off with a positive. Good fat is actually necessary for body function, fat is the energy we use to do everyday tasks, and good fat actually helps us absorb nutrients into the body. The names of good fats are monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fat is usually liquid at room temperature and are made from vegetables sources. Foods that are considered monounsaturated fats are, olive oil, nuts and seeds, and avocados. These fats are amazing for absorbing vitamins that are fat soluble, while also adding other healthy nutrients into the body. Polyunsaturated fat is also a healthy fat; these are pretty much the same as monounsaturated fats except they also include oily fish. Foods such as, sunflower oil, salmon, trout and sardines are polyunsaturated fats. All of these foods are considered very valuable to a balanced diet, even though they are considered fats.
What is bad fat?
The fats that give all the healthy fats a bad name are considered bad fats. They clog up arteries and add extra pounds to your body. Saturated fats and trans fats are the names of the culprits. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and usually come from animal sources. Foods considered saturated fats are fatty meat, dairy fats (butter, all fat milk), and cakes. The worst type of fat for you is trans fat. Trans fat is found in processed foods, it’s actually made during the process of making these foods. These foods can be deep fried, fast food, and processed snacks. These fats are the worst for your body because they clog up arteries add extra fat to your body and they don’t absorb nutrients properly.
What fat should I be eating?
Now that you know the difference between fats it is important to eat only fats that come from vegetable sources, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Always read your food labels to check and see if saturated and trans fats are lurking in your foods. It is necessary to always have a little bit of fat in your meals, as long as they are healthy fats. The recommended serving of healthy fat is about the length of your thumb.
It is always good to know what food does to your body and how it impacts your bodily functions. Eating healthy is a virtue and a testament to the health of the rest of your body, however don’t always be stressed about bad foods. Stick to a diet that is good 80% of the time and 20% of the time you can slack off. Nobodies perfect and no one expects you to