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Most people link fat to weight gain, high cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, but few people can differentiate between a friendly fat that is essential and healthy and unfriendly fat that can be harmful
Fat is one of the essential nutrients needed for normal body function as it gives you energy, protects your vital organs, and is needed to carry vitamins A, D, E and K throughout your body. Furthermore fat is a component of hormones that regulate body functions and a constituent of cell membranes. The unhealthy fats:
The healthy fats:
Good fats are the unsaturated fats mainly found in plants. They are healthy because they decrease the LDL cholesterol and could increase the HDL cholesterol which has a beneficial effect on blood vessels and the heart.
The unsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils (olive, sunflower, corn and canola oils), as well as avocados, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pine seeds.
Good to Remember:
Did you know that 1 teaspoon of butter has the same calories as 1 teaspoon of oil?Remember that both of them are high in calories as 1 teaspoon of fat can have between 45-50 calories and that is why though it is recommended to choose the oil, take into consideration that you do so in moderate amounts to prevent weight gain.
Fats in moderation- What you can do to choose healthy fats in your diet:
It is helpful to know the source of the fat you are eating. A general rule of thumb is “vegetable origin” is healthier than “animal origin.” As we always say: moderation is key in consuming all types of fat, because regardless of the source of fat, all of them are high in calories and can cause weight gain.
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