Fats and Your Body

Fat seems to be hard for people to properly understand its place in a diet. Many people are mistaken that ALL fats are bad. This however, is not the case. In my article, I'd like to explain the differences between fats.

There is not just one type of fat, but many kinds. We have fats that are not so healthy for us. And those of course, are what we need to avoid. And there are others that are actually good for you in the right amounts. The good fats, help your skin get the right moisture, lubricate your joints and help the bones, and some fats help you to stay satisfied longer as far as feeling full so that you don't overeat.

Healthy fats are those that are monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. You can get sources of these fat types in your olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds, and avocados. Now your source for omega 3 fatty acids come from seafood like trout, shrimp, and other types of fish and also some nuts, and seeds. Omega 3's also help to prevent blood from clotting, and raises your HDL cholesterol, which is the good side. Your triglyceride levels will likely benefit from Omega 3's.

Insofar as bodily functions, both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats have also been known to protect women from breast cancers, and both men and women from colon cancers. Your monounsaturated fats also help your body to guard against heart diseases, and help to control your cholesterol. Vitamin E is also provided to you in monounsaturated fat sources.

The fats which you do not want to include too much of in your diet are the transfats, and also saturated fats. Your saturated fats are those fats which are highly likely to raise your cholesterol and cause a lot of heart disease and artherosclerosis, (hardening of the arteries). A lot of saturated fat sources come from
food that has been processed. When food is processed, then a lot of the healthier fats are converted into the
unhealthier fat types. Many of your cheeses, and meats which are processed. Creams and butters also contain a larger amount of the unsaturated fats.

So when planning your diet, make certain that you include some healthy fats each day for better health maintenance. By not at least allowing yourself the healthier fats, you are missing a very important part of a healthy balanced diet.