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Are All Fats Bad?

Debunking the Myth: Not All Fats Are Harmful.
October 19, 2023

No, not all forms of fat are bad for health. Fat is an essential nutrient that plays several important roles in the body. However, it's important to understand that different types of fat can have different effects on health.

Saturated and trans fats are generally considered unhealthy when consumed in excess. They have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and other health problems. These fats are commonly found in processed and fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, butter, and full-fat dairy products. A lot of packaged and ready to eat foods contain trans fats, which are added to increase its shelf life and to make the food more desirable. It is advisable to limit the intake of saturated and trans fats.

On the other hand, unsaturated fats, which include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, can have positive effects on health when consumed in moderation. They are typically liquid at room temperature and come from plant based sources. These fats are found in foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon. They can help reduce bad cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, and provide essential fatty acids that the body needs.

It's worth noting that while fats are an important part of a healthy diet, they are also high in calories. Consuming excessive amounts of any type of fat can contribute to weight gain and other health issues. So, moderation is key when it comes to fat consumption.

It's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalised advice on dietary fat and overall nutrition. They can provide guidance based on your specific health needs and goals.