Fat is the reservoir of energy for all the living creatures. There are people trying to lose fat, some avoiding it and a few hiding it but interesting
Fat is the reservoir of energy for all the living creatures. There are people trying to lose fat, some avoiding it and a few hiding it but interestingly you need fat in your body. Fats can be broadly divided into two types-saturated fats and unsaturated fats based on the arrangement of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms within the molecule.
The difference between these two types of fat:
- Remains solid at room temperature
They are not essential to one’s health. These fats are hard to digest and are full of cholesterol. When we talk of a healthy diet, we would either want to avoid it completely or limit the use of the saturated fat. The reason being, increase in cholesterol level in the blood.
Food source rich in saturated fat:
Meat, coconut oil, palm oil, poultry skin, dairy products like cheese, whole cream milk, desserts like pastries, cookies and the list goes on.
These are further classified into two groups-polyunsaturated fat and monounsaturated fat.
- Liquid at room temperature
Polyunsaturated fats are divided into omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids.
Food sources rich in polyunsaturated fat: Fishes like tuna, salmon and sardines, corn oil, soya bean oil and sunflower oil.
Monounsaturated fat: Nuts like almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, olive oil and canola oil.
However, some fat is definitely needed in maintaining a healthy body. Fats are a major source of energy to your body as it is needed to dissolve certain vitamins required by our cells. Vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K can be absorbed by the body only when your diet contains fat as vitamins dissolve only in fat. So if you want the benefits of these vitamins, you need to include the right amount of fat in your diet. Both monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are considered to be good as they help you to lower your cholesterol levels, in turn decreasing your risk for heart diseases. Interestingly consumption of these fats in very little amount can lead to obesity, fatigue and in some cases heart problems.
Learn to differentiate between good fat and bad fat:
- Good fats are the naturally obtained fats that are not altered whereas
- Bad fats are the fats obtained from an animal source that is further chemically altered and sometimes they are also found in tropical oils.
The secret to preserve your waistline and protect your health is to understand dietary fats and making good choices.