Good Fat vs Bad Fat

By: Anthony Grant ll and Joshua Blackwell

The Good Fats

Good Fats are the ones that benefit you in your diet.An example of a good fat are Unsaturated fats. Unsaturated Fats are a liquid at room temperature, and help lower your cholesterol. Another example are your monounsaturated fats. These provide Vitamin E to your body which helps prevent damage to the body cells. Examples of monounsaturated fats are canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil, etc. Polyunsaturated fats are another example of healthy fats. They also provide vitamin E, omega 3 which is good for your brain, and omega 6.

The Bad Fats

The Bad fats are the ones that lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other disorders. Examples of bad fats include: saturated fats and trans fat. Saturated Fats are solid at room temperature and raise your cholesterol. Trans fats are when hydrogen is added to things increasing shelf life. Vegetable shortenings such as crisco is an example. This increases your bad cholesterol and decreases the good.

Facts About Fat

  • Fats give us most of the flavor in our foods.
  • 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.
  • Heat, light and oxygen destroy essential fatty acids, which is why it is best to keep oils in dark containers.
  • You need Fat to absorb Nutrients.