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Fats – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. by muskanmuffleit: 12:51pm On Apr 15, 2022
There is so much discussion about fats today. A lot of people are not sure what is good and what is bad. Some people are sure that ALL fats are bad. This is very wrong! We absolutely need fat – the human brain is said to be composed of up to 60% fat. These fats are known as Essential Fatty Acids. We want to assist by trying to clear this up for you.

The Good Fats

As already stated we need fat. There is a good reason why some fats are referred to as Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s because they are essential to our good health!

The group of fats known as unsaturated fats is thought of as good fats. These include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and are generally liquid when at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil.

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Polyunsaturated fats can be found in soya beans, oily fish, and walnuts. There is evidence that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats may improve unhealthy cholesterol levels.

Omega 3 fatty acid is a well-known polyunsaturated fat and is found in both marine and plant foods, such as salmon, sardines, and linseed (flaxseed).

Omega 3 fats are very beneficial to your cardiovascular system and help to keep every cell in your body supple.

The Bad Fats

The worst fats are trans fats. These are also the ugly ones. They are created by a process known as hydrogenation, which occurs when liquid vegetable oils are converted into solid fats. Hydrogenation happens when hydrogen atoms are added to unsaturated fats, thereby altering them to create a partially or completely saturated fat.

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One hydrogenated fat familiar to many people is margarine. Hydrogenated fats are used in many commercial food processes and in baked goods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, and pastries.

Some saturated fats are also considered to be bad fats. These mainly come from animal sources, such as meat, full-fat dairy products, and many fast foods. Some saturated fats and all trans fats are considered harmful because of their unhealthy effects on cholesterol levels.

However, not all saturated fats are bad for you. Recent studies have revealed that saturated fat has some amazing health benefits. This fat is coconut oil.

Health Naturally Magazine has regular articles on the diverse benefits of coconut oil, many of which might come as a surprise. See Dr. Bruce Fife below from the Coconut Research Center explain why hydrogenated oils should be avoided.

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