Fats Facts – How Much Do You Know?

by Lizzie Griffin in Nutrition

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Everyone always talks about fats. Some people like to avoid eating them like it’s the plague! But do we really know enough about them…

To be fair we used to get it drummed into us that saturated fats are bad for you so no wonder everyone gets so confused by them. Should we eat them, should we not.

But surely eating fat makes us fat right?

In essence, no they won’t!!!! Remember this when you hear that phrase being said.

Our body has endless uses for dietary fat such as the building of hormones and the rebuilding of cells.

Our muscles and heart contain fat as well.

Don’t know if you know but our brain is around 75% fat!!

Here are the main types of FAT:

  • Saturated fats
  • Polyunsaturated fats (also known as essential fats)
  • Monounsaturated fats
  • Trans fats

Saturated fats are called this because they are “saturated” with hydrogen atoms.

Polyunsaturated fats are well known ones – the Omega 3, 6 and 9. These are fats that your body can’t make so must be consumed in your diet.

Monounsaturated fats are called this because they have less hydrogen atoms than saturated fats do.

Trans fats are those produced by processing or deep frying. These are the fats that generally have negative effects on the body. However, some trans fats can be found naturally in milk, cheese etc but these are very different types to those that are produced by food processing.

Examples of where you can get fats from:

  • Animal fats (eggs, dairy, butter, cheese)
  • Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil
  • All kinds of nut & seeds
  • Peanut butter
  • Avocados

In conclusion fats are good for you and play their vital roles but be careful of those trans fats from processed and deep fried food as too much of these aren’t good for us and can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Fats will not make you fatter than anything else does. The main factor in whether you gain fat or not is the amount of over eating and overall calories consumed. Eating proportionally more fat allows your body to use more fat as energy so losing fat then becomes a matter of calories.

And we all know when it comes to fat loss we need a calorie deficit.

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Fat loss relies on consistency so be consistent and you will achieve progress.

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