Fats an essential nutrient though due to its high energy value and certain fats linked to cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol etc it is important we know which types of fats are better for us.
Benefits of fat include
✅ energy (9 calories per 1g)
✅ production of hormones
✅ provides insulation
✅ Support cell production
✅ transport vitamins A,D,E & K
✅ Reduce LDL (bad cholesterol)
All fats should be eaten in moderation however there are some fats we should eat more of, some we should eat less of and some we should avoid.
✅ Mono/polyunsaturated fats are the “healthy fats” found in oily fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocado. Evidence shows they help us ⬆️ HDL and ⬇️ LDL which improves our overall cholesterol ratio and cardiovascular health.
🔶 Saturated fats are NOT unhealthy however they should be moderated due to their ability to raise LDL. Saturated fats are found in cheese, butter, fatty red meat and everyone’s favourite health fad favourite coconut oil 🙄. There are benefits of saturated fats like hormone production so never remove saturates from your diet, just moderate.
🔴 The fats to avoid are trans and hydrogenated fats, these are the guys in fried foods, processed foods and takeaways...sorry. No benefits to these fats whatsoever, they’ll just add inches to the hips and reduce your overall health profile.