Good vs Bad Fats
Good vs Bad Fats
Oftentime, many popular diets have strict restrictions on avoiding high fat foods. When in reality, there are different kinds of fat that can be beneficial or disadvantageous to our bodies depending on their chemical structures.
According from Harvard Health, fats are utilized as a major source of energy in our bodies. It is used in several cell and body structures and activities.
Good fats include unsaturated fats that can be found in...
- Dark chocolate
- Nuts...and more!
Bad fats are those industrially made trans fats. These are products from turning healthy oils into solids to prevent them from becoming rancid. These can be hidden in food labels as "Partially Hydrogenated Oil". Some foods that have bad fats include...
- Ice cream
- Fried food
- Packaged chips...and more!
These trans fats increase the levels of Low Density Lipoproteins (LDLs) and decreases the good High Density Lipoproteins (HDLs) in the bloodstream. Complications from this include increased artery plaque and risk of heart attack. This also increases systemic inflammation which increases the risk of stroke, diabetes, and other chronic disease.
These trans fats also contribute to insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that our body produces to help break down glucose and sugars that we ingest. With this resistance, our risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes skyrockets.
Saturated fats fall on the fence between good and bad. Saturated fats are common items that we use every day. They’re fats that are solid at room temperature such as fats in red meat, dairy foods, cheese, etc. These can be harmful if your diet is rich in saturated fats, but, if kept in moderation, it reduces the amount of trans fats we consume and can prevent an increase in consumption of trans fats.
Those good fats mentioned earlier are liquid at room temperature. Regions with increased consumption of monounsaturated fats have a decreased rate of heart disease although they have a higher consumption of fats overall.
Whenever possible, substitute out those saturated and trans fats for these monosaturated fats to experience a positive health benefit.