Health & Fitness: Fats in a Nutshell
- Unsaturated- These are the good fats. I think of it this way:
- Saturdated- found in high fat cuts of beef and pork, full fat dairy products, butter, and snack foods, such as cookies, pastries, and doughnuts
- Trans fatsfound in some margarines, deep fried food, and snack foods, such as chips, crackers, pastries, and doughnuts
- Unsaturated- Eat in moderation and go for healthy types, almonds, avocados, and fish.
- Saturdated- Try to stay away from. I’m not saying to NEVER eat this, but definitely use care and A LOT of moderation. These are the guys that raise total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, which can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, they may also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. So tread VERY carefully.
- Trans- STAY AWAY FROM! These should have a warning sign that says “Warning, HIGHLY processed ahead” At least that is the case for most trans fats because while some occur naturally in food, most are made during food processing through partial hydrogenation of unsaturated fats. This process creates fats that are easier to cook with and less likely to spoil than are naturally occurring oils. These trans fats are called industrial or synthetic trans fats. Research studies show that synthetic trans fat can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. And if that’s not enough, the fact that they are known as “industrial” should tip you off that you really don’t want to be putting these in your body.