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Eating fat, is it healthy or bad for us?

 

 Goodness from fat .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat is an essential nutrient in a balanced diet, we need fat for many different reasons. Firstly it supplies us with energy and essential nutrients, it helps by cushioning our bones from any damage and giving our body’s much needed warmth.

Fat is a major structural component of our cells and our membranes needed for growth and repair of tissues.

Is fat really that bad for you ?

Fats come in two different forms we have saturated fat and unsaturated fat .

The difference between these fats is quite easy to explain often you find saturated fats are much harder than unsaturated fats. When kept at room temperature unsaturated fats will have an oily texture, where as saturated fat can be seen more clearly as its texture is solid, like the white parts which you can find on a joint of meat these are 100% saturated fat.

Unsaturated fats can be found in bottles such like olive oil, vegetable oil and fish oil.

A product like margarine advertises that its healthy and low in fat, which is true, but also this product is man made with fatty acids, this is so that the margarine can stay solid making it spreadable.

Transfatty acids are placed within our food, this is a process that makes this transformation is by no means a natural method.

Hydrogen atoms placed into our vegetable oils to reduce the number of double bonds making the oils turn to solid; thus making them easier to spread. This is a reason why there is still an on going argument to whether margarine is more healthier for you rather than butter.

Is Natural the better way ?

What is becoming clearer as time goes bye we find that bad fats, meaning saturated and trans fats, increase the risk for certain diseases like CHD, while good fats, meaning monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, lower the risk .

Fat is an important nutrient which we need for survival the key is to balance your intake less saturated and more unsaturated fats with carbohydrates, proteins and don’t forget regular exercise !

 


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