Fats are one of three Macro Nutrients, the other two being protein and carbohydrates. When you hear people around you saying they are “counting macros” this is what they are referring to. “Your body needs some fat for energy, to absorb vitamins, and to protect your heart and brain health.” Fat is not the problem – sugar is. Fat is the energy source for the body. It still needs to be kept in check however, and not all fats are equal.
Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are known as the “good fats” They are good for your heart and for good Cholesterol.
- Lower the risk of heart disease
- Lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing good HDL.
- Lower blood pressure.
Trans fat. Unhealthy or “bad” fats. Small amounts of naturally occurring trans fats can be found in meat and dairy products, but it is the artificial trans fats that are considered dangerous. This is the worst type of fat since it not only raises bad LDL cholesterol but also lowers good HDL levels.
- Cookies, muffins, think bakery items
- Chips, cookies, anything packaged
- Stick margarine, vegetable shortening
- Fried foods
Saturated fat. While not as harmful as trans fat, but still should be limited. Not overdoing it on the saturated fats is best.
- Red meat
- Dairy products
Secret: Don’t fear fat, but know the difference in it!