“Eating FAT will make you fat”, “FAT is bad”, “cut out bad FAT to live longer”. These statements have been said and heard more than enough times, resulting in much confusion.
Kezia helps us to debunk the myths and clarify the effect different fats have on our health.
Good fat, bad fat, why do we even need fat?
First of all the right kind of fat plays an essential role in the body. Namely, fat is vital for vitamin absorption, energy development as well as adequate brain functionality. There are even some fats which lowers the risk of developing heart disease. So which are good and which are bad?
Fats are divided into 4 main classes
o Saturated fats
o Monounsaturated fats
o Polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 and 6)
o Essential fatty acids
Different fats have different effects on the body:
In conclusion, we can see that FAT isn’t ‘bad’ and that they’re not the enemy, we simply need to understand them correctly. If we place more emphasis on limiting the ‘bad’ fats while making sure that we eat enough of the ‘good’ fats, we’ll be one step closer to living a healthier life.
Lila Bruk is a registered dietician, nutritional consultant and freelance health journalist.
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