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Know Your Fats

2017/07/03

Fat is detrimental to your weight loss goals. It is extremely calorie dense. One gram of fat has nine calories!!Therefore, if we know our daily calorie requirement then we can easily calculate how many grams of fats we require daily.

So we know of the quantity, but what about the quality? There are many types of dietary fats, and not all of them are beneficial for you.



In addition, one should not forget that fats are essential part of balanced diet. It is one of the vital nutrients that the body requires. They promote the health of your skin and hair. So, you cannot cut out fat altogether from your diet. You should know how much and which types of fats to include in your diet.

Firstly, you should know that dietary fats are classified into saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats come from animal products, such as meats and dairy products.

While unsaturated fats are derived from plant products. Some examples of unsaturated fats are olive, coconut, palm, coco butter, corn, and canola oils. Furthermore, there are two types of unsaturated fats; namely monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

If you are on a diet, it is better to consume more of unsaturated fats. The amount of saturated fats in your diet should be restricted.

This is because saturated fats increase the amount of bad cholesterol in your body. The opinion on the recommended amount of saturated fats to include in your diet varies to some extent, but it can nevertheless help you get a rough estimate.



Some experts say that less than 10% of daily calorie requirement should come from saturated fats. While other are of an opinion that it should be less than 7%.

Then, there are also trans fats!! There has been too much hype about trans fats lately, and rightly so! They are really bad for your health and their consumption should be reduced significantly from your diet as they raise the level of bad cholesterol in your body.

Trans fats are actually partially hydrogenated oils, which are produced when liquid oils are changed into solid fats. This process gives fats a longer shelf life.

Hence, they are used widely in readymade victuals such as cookies, biscuits, pies, cakes, chips etc. They are also found in margarines and shortenings. Hence, one should refrain from eating such ready-to-eat goodies. The old adage about fresh cooked home food being healthy is very true!!






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