Different Types of Fat

Healthy Fats

All fats can cause weight gain. Despite that, some fats can give you many health benefits and should be regularly consumed in order to keep your body functioning to its fullest potential. Just be careful because consuming too much of any type of fat may lead to unwanted weight gain.

Omega 3 Fat

The fat in fish is also polyunsaturated (a type called omega-3 fatty acids). Foods high in omega-3 fats:

Just don't fry the fish!

Monosaturated Fat

Monosaturated fats may help to lower blood cholesterol, but consuming too much of this fat may lead to weight gain, so go easy with olive oils. This "good" fat is still loaded with fat calories. Monosaturated fat is contained in these foods:

Polysaturated Fat

Poly-fats help reduce the risk of heart disease. Foods containing polyunsaturated fat:

Omega 9 Fat (Oleic Acid)

Omega 9 fatty acid is a monounsaturated fat. The body can produce Omega-9 fats if it has enough Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. If it does not have enough, your body will need to get omega-9 fats from your diet. Health benefits of omega 9:

Food containing omega 9 fats

Unhealthy Fats

Unhealthy fats (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels, cloging up the blood stream and decrease circulation, which causes a number of heart and aging problems since it causes the body to transfer nutrients less effeiciently.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fats are the demons of all fats because they can raise blood cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease. Meat that are typically high in saturated fat, so try to avoid over-eating the folowing types of food:

You'll help protect yourself from heart disease, certain cancers, and other potential health problems.

Omega 6 Fat

Omega 6 fats can be confusing because they sound like the healthy omega-3 fats. Unfortunately, omega-6 fats are not healthy.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is divided into two types:

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the main type of fat found in food. There are several triglyceride categories:

Triglycerides, like cholesterol, are a storage form of fat in your body, circulating in the bloodstream and deposited as body flub.

Trans Fats (Trans-fatty Acids)

Trans-fatty acids are not naturally occurring, but created when innocent unsaturated fats undergo a industrial manufacturing process called hydrogenation (when a liquid or semisoft fat is transformed into a more solid state by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils).

Trans-fatty acids can be harmful because they act like saturated fats inside the body and raise blood cholesterol.

Hydrogination can help preserve food (making it ultimately cheaper) or enable a change in food texture. For example, margarine in liquid form is unsaturated, but with some hydrogenation, it becomes semisoft (tub margarine) and with further hydrogenation it becomes hard (stick margarine). Other foods containing trans-fats are

Trans-fats are very common ingredients in many products in the U.S market. Be careful and try to avoid this type of fat. Avoiding these fats may cost more in price, but pay for itself in health.

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