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The Good and the Bad

1/18/2016

It is a common mistake when starting a diet to suddenly cut out fat. Yes it’s true fat does have a lot of calories per gram compared to other nutrients that can add up and lead to extra calories. Just remember not all fat is bad! There are both good fats and bad fats that have different effects on your health. 

I’ve made it simple with this list to know the good from the bad and choose wisely! 

The ‘bad” fat

Saturated and Trans fats are the bad fats that increase your cholesterol and can lead to heart diseases. 

Sources: 

High fat meats like sheep’s meat, cheese and dairy products, butter, lard, cream, fried foods, packaged foods and baked products like croissant, chips, cakes…

The ‘good’ fat

Healthy unsaturated fats known as monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated (PUFA) fats are healthy for your heart! Your body shouldn’t miss out on these. 

Sources: 

Avocado, vegetable oils such as sunflower, canola and olive oil, fish, raw nuts and seeds (flaxseeds, chia seeds). 

A little fat is needed in combination with other foods if you’re choosing the right kind and they can help make you feel full. The best way is to replace the bad fats with the good fats for overall health, but remember don’t exceed too much even too much good fats can lead to extra calories! 

Author: Massar Dabbous


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