HOW FATS CAN IMPROVE HEALTH
This train of thought that consuming fat makes you “fat”, is slowly being put to rest. However, many people still hold fear towards high fat foods and opt for low fat diets or food alternatives in the hopes it will benefit their health or fat loss journey.
Dietary fat is essential for optimal health.
Unsaturated fats can help improve cholesterol levels by decreasing bad (LDL) cholesterol and increasing good (HDL) cholesterol. Low LDL cholesterol levels can help lower your risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 fats are a type of polyunsaturated fat that can help lower heart rate and improve heart rhythm, decrease risk of clotting, reduce blood pressure, improve blood vessel function and delay the build-up of plaque in your arteries.
Low fat diets have also been linked to a greater risk of health issues, including metabolic syndrome, and may lead to an increase in insulin resistance and triglyceride levels, which are known risk factors for heart disease.
In fact, unsaturated fats are good for your heart and cardiovascular health and aid healthier blood cholesterol levels.
Diets that are higher in fat have been proven just as effective — or even more so — than low fat diets when it comes to encouraging weight loss.
So what type of fat should you be eating?
Good fat sources:
- Chia seeds
- Unsalted nuts
Fats to minimise:
- Fat on meats
- Coconut oil
- Processed meats
- Pastries, biscuits and cakes
- Deep fried foods
- Hydrogenated oils
– Ellie Mullen (Nutritionist, Sport Nutritionist & Personal Trainer)