This may sound strange to you, but it is true that eating Unsaturated Fats are healthy and provides you necessary energy for your body. Each gram of fat will have 9 calories. These are also helpful in absorbing certain fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, K. It is a misconception that Fats are unhealthy and one shouldn’t consume Fats often. This is also because the word “fat” is considered as one step below to “obesity”. In this article we will demystify about different kinds of fats and what kinds of fats are good and where can you find them.
Mainly, there are 4 types of fats in the food that we eat. They are
Monounsaturated fats/Monounsaturates: According to some studies, eating foods that have abundant Monounsaturated fats is good for health, as they control insulin and sugar levels in blood. This is a good fat, present in oils (olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil) and plants. To be precise, they are found in olives, nuts, seeds, avocados. The short form notation of this is MUFA.
Polyunsaturated fats/Polyunsaturates: One more healthy fats for human body. They lower cardiovascular diseases. These are primarily present in fish, vegetable oils including sesame, soybean, safflower, sunflower, and corn. This can be further divided into
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Found in fish (abundantly), soybean, canola, and flaxseed oils, as well as walnuts.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids: Found mostly in safflower oil, corn oil.
Saturated Fats: These kinds of fats are in solid state during room temperature. This falls into harmful category. These are mainly present in red-mean, cheese, milk, butter, coconut oil, palm oil. These raises cholesterol level in Blood and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels which are the source of cardiovascular disease. In addition to these effects, these will also increase the prone to type 2 diabetes in Human Beings.
Trans Fats: This is the most dangerous one among all kinds of fats that we intake. These, are prepared through a food processing method known as partial hydrogenation, will increase unhealthy LDL and decrease Healthy HDL in blood vessels. They are predominantly found in hydrogenated vegetable oil and fast foods, burgers, pizza and snack foods.
We hope this article had cleared the misconceptions about fat foods and you will be cautious in choosing right food. If you have any doubts or queries regarding this article, feel free to post them in the comments section and we will try to answer you.