Cheree Sheldon, Nutritionist for the 28 Day Challenges provides some information about what to look out for when it comes to fats in our food:
Have you ever looked at something’s nutritional info and seen that it’s high in fat and just put it back on the shelf based on that?? There is a difference between the types of fats we consume.
It’s more complicated than just good fat versus bad fat.. it’s more like great fat, ok fat, good for some fat, and terrible fat.
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Let’s get into the nitty gritty of it:
Fat can be mono-saturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated. Polyunstaurated fats can be further broken down to either omega 3, omega 6, or omega 9 fatty acids. Fats can also be trans-fats or hydrogenated fats.
Confused?? If you look at where it comes from then you can work out if it is a fat worth eating or not.
Processed fats are heavy with trans fat and saturated fats – these are “terrible” fats. They are associated with heart disease and raising blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Saturated fats are in most animal products, but also can be found in some plant foods like coconut oil. The “problem” saturated fats are in processed foods like sausages, hamburgers, pizzas, and dairy foods.
Unsaturated fats are either mono or poly. These are mostly liquid at room temperature, and are plant or fish oils. These are really good for us, and can help brain function, skin, digestion, mood, and are protective for our hearts.
Good fat (eat most): salmon, tuna, oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocados.
OK fat (eat in moderation): fresh meats, coconut products, cheese, dairy.
Bad fats (avoid): processed meats, “junk” foods, processed foods.
Love the Healthy Mummy team xxx

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