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Diet Tricks – Good Vs. Bad Fats

October 19, 2015

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One of the main tricks to proper diet and sage weight loss is to know the difference between the good and the bad fats.

Many people think all fats (trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat) are bad and that you should avoided them all at all cost. This is simply not true. The way your body processes fats is much more complex than many believe. The truth is that one way or the other, your body will end up receiving both the good and the bad fats, so it is crucial to know which foods contain which kind of fats.

The Good, The Bad And The Half-Bad

According to Alexa Schmitt, RD, a clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats are good fats and saturated fats should be consumed in moderation.

The bad guys are called trans fats. These raise the levels of low-density lipoprotein, aka bad cholesterol, and should be avoided altogether if you want to lower your risk of heart disease and other serious health conditions, including stroke.

In order to cut these foods out as much as possible, here’s the list of common foods containing both good and bad fats:

  • Mono-unsaturated (good) fats: canola and olive oils, most nuts, and avocados
  • Poly-unsaturated (good) fats (omega-3 rather than omega-6 fats): fish (salmon and tuna), flaxseed, and walnuts
  • Saturated (bad) fats: red meat, processed meats (salami, sausage, ham, etc), dairy products such as cream and butter, and thicker vegetable oils like coconut, palm, and kernel oil.

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