Kinds of fat
BADSaturated - Mostly in animal sources of food and raise total blood cholesterol levels and can raise risk of type 2 diabetes.
Trans - Found mostly in processed foods and raise bad cholesterol and lowers healthy cholesterol levels.
Monounsaturated - Most foods and oils and improves blood cholesterol levels and lowers risk of heart disease.
Polyunsaturated - Plant based Foods and oils and improves blood cholesterol levels and lowers risk of heart disease.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - found in fatty fish, decrease the risk of coronary artery disease and lowers blood pressure.
Good Sources of Fat
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How much should you consume?
Can to much be harmful?
Can to little be harmful?
- "Oils" is the term used to refer to fats that can be liquid at normal room temperature. "Fats" is the term usually used for fats that are solids at room temperature. While "Lipids" is the correct term for both liquid and solid fats.
- Trans fats are rare in nature. They are created in food by processing (partially hydrogenating) other types of fats, giving them a different structure.
- The ideal body-fat ratio should be approximately 19-26% of a woman's body weight, and 12-18% of a man's body weight.
- Women need higher levels of fat because it is essential for reproduction and so the body stores it 'just in case'