Does Fat Make Me Fat?

Posted by: Beena Q (November 30, 2011)

Yes and No. We have been told for the best part of the past twenty years that fat is bad that the consumption of fat will make you fat and your heart unhealthy. This is not entirely true, because  there are two different types of fat:

1) Good fat

2) Bad fat

It’s the bad fat, which includes saturated fat and trans fat, that makes us fat and increases our risk for heart diseases and stroke.

The Good Fats

Monounsaturated Fats: Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Nuts including peanuts,walnuts, almonds and pistachios, avocado, canola and olive oil are high in MUFAs. MUFAs have also been found to help in weight loss, particularly body fat.

Polyunsaturated Fat: Polyunsaturated fats also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Seafood likesalmon and fish oil, as well as corn, soy, safflower and sunflower oils are high in polyunsaturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids belong to this group.

The Bad Fats

Saturated Fats: Saturated fats raise total blood cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). Saturated fats are mainly found in animal products such as meat, dairy, eggs and seafood. Some plant foods are also high in saturated fats such as coconut oilpalm oil and palm kernel oil.

Trans Fats: Trans fats are invented as scientists began to “hydrogenate” liquid oils so that they can withstand better in food production process and provide a better shelf life. As a result of hydrogenation, trans fatty acids are formed. Trans fatty acids are found in many commercially packaged foods, commercially fried food such as French Fries from some fast food chains, other packaged snacks such as microwaved popcorn as well as in vegetable shortening and hard stick margarine.

Dr. Kota J. Reddy, Cardiologist and author of his best selling book, Eat This Lose That!  has helped over hundreds of people lose weight permanently, help reverse diabetes and has helped many patients stop taking medication, for good! 

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