Fish & Chips served in the newspaper on a market stall. Fish and chips takeout portions.

Although just about everyone on earth has the belief that all fat is dreadful and we shouldn’t eat fat. Well, that’s just not correct. With all the fat-free, non-fat, low-fat goods in the world, can u believe that our body really NEEDS fat to live?

Things that fat does for our body

      • Fat provides a ready supply of energy.
      • It is demonstrated to enhance children’s growth.
      • It supports both the cell walls in the body.
      • Fat allows the body to circulate, shop, and consume the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
      • It provides essential fatty acids which the body can not make and must therefore gain from other foods.
      • Helps promote healthy hair and skin.
      • Obviously it makes food taste better.
      • It surrounds the critical organs for support and protection.
      • It provides a layer of insulation just beneath the epidermis. This is the reason people that are extremely thin are always cold, and obese folks are usually uncomfortable hot in hot weather.

Although all these are wonderful reasons for why our body needs fat, there are good fats and bad fats. There are four kinds of fats, monounsaturated (great ), polyunsaturated (great ), saturated (bad), and trans-fatty acids (really bad).

Monounsaturated Fats

Have you or someone around you gasp at the notion of eating an avocado? “They’re so high in fat!” That’s what many folks say, and yes avocados are high in fat, and not too long ago, avocados were on the ‘don’t eat’ list. However, times have changed, science has shifted. Avocados may be high in fat, but it’s the fantastic fat. . .Monounsaturated fat.

These fats have been proven to reduce blood cholesterol. So now you understand the facts about avocados. It’s my number one pet peeve when someone picks on me for eating my avocado sandwich. So, if someone tries to do it to you, explain to them about monounsaturated fats and your body needs these fats. Not only do avocadoes carry monounsaturated fat, but olive oils, peanut oils, sesame seed oils and canola oils.

Polyunsaturated fats

Polyunsaturated fat is another form of unsaturated fat. In addition to monounsaturated fat, both of these are called the’healthy fats’. Polyunsaturated fat could be found mostly in grain products, fish and sea foods (herring, salmon, mackerel, and halibut), soybeans, fish oils, sunflower oils, safflower oils, soft margarine, and mayonnaise.

Polyunsaturated fat is essential for the body and protects against illness and even reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is a result of the fact that the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, fish and fish lower the whole amount of fat in the blood, which then lowers blood pressure and reduces the chance of getting cardiovascular ailments. Also from the sunflower oil and safflower oil, they feature the Omega-6 fatty acids that also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, however may contribute to inflammation and allergies. So by all means, eat a great deal of fish to remain healthy.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are the demons of fats since they can increase your blood glucose, which then may result in heart disease. Animal fats found in meat, poultry, and whole milk dairy products are high in saturated fats. Also saturated fat will be seen in coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils; that can be found in cookies, crackers, nondairy creamers, and other baked goods. Saturated fats help to stimulate the production of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), which in turn raises blood glucose levels, and the chance of heart-disease. Do yourself a favor and try to cut back on the consumption of saturated fats. Doing so will help your from cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and other possible health problems later on.

Trans-fatty Acids

This sort of fat isn’t naturally occurring, but is actually created when naive unsaturated fats undergo a production process called hydrogenation. This is when a liquid of semi-soft fat is transformed to a stronger state. Trans-fatty acids behave as saturated fats within the body and increase blood glucose, making them very dangerous. So you ask “why mess with a fantastic fat?” Well, because the procedure can help conserve food or even allow a food business to modify the feel of a product.

A gorgeous example is margarine. Margarine in the liquid form is unsaturated, but with some hydrogenation, it becomes semi-soft (tub margarine). Then with a bit more hydrogenation it gets even harder. . .known as stick margarine. Because most people prefer to have the bathtub or stick margarine, they do not understand it, but they’re filling themselves up with amino acids. What’s even worse about this is trans-fatty acids don’t appear on a nutrition label. So most people won’t even know whether or not what they’re eating has trans-fat inside it!