Confused about fats?

11 Nov

In the last decade we have been bombarded by so much information about fats and our growing obesity that is enough to turn one either off fats or eat it regardless out of the disgust of conflicting viewpoints.

According to Harvard School of  Public Health there are good fats and bad fats and the consumer should be aware of these to make informed choices of what you will included and the amount you need.

It is now common knowledge that saturated and trans fat are bad for our health.  What are these? These include: butter, cheese, coconut milk, coconut oil, fats in red meat, chocolate and icecream;

transfat are those fats that are reconstituted to form margarines,  vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Fats and cholesterol

Cholesterol is a wax like substance which the liver makes and links it to carrier proteins called lipoprotiens.  The lipoproteins  helps cholesterol to dissolve in blood and not be transported to all parts of the body including the heart.

Low density lipopoproteins the dangerous one  – carry protein from the blood to all parts of the body where as high density lioproteins helps to carry  cholesterol from the blood back to the liver to be processed and eliminated from the body.

The equation therefore is the higher LDL in the body and the lower your HDL the greater your risk for heart or heart related disease.

Here are some tips:

choose liquid vegetable oils and soft margarine with less transfat than butter or lard;

reduce consumption of commercially baked goods;

avoid deep fried foods especially in restaurants

read the labels,  check the ingredients and the amount of fats in the products you buy

For adults 20 years and over the following guidelines for daily optimum level recommended are:

Total cholesterol less than 200 milligrams for deciliter

HDL cholesterol levels greater than 40 mg

LDL cholesterol less than 100 mg

The bottom line is reduce saturated fats from red meat, cheese, butters etc. replace those fats with olive oil and other oils with higher HDL

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