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The Difference Between Good Fat and Bad Fat

Feb 27, 2008
Believe it or not there is such a thing as good fat! Another surprising fact is that we need good fats.

Why?

Good fats can promote the development of "good cholesterol" or HDL levels.

This is beneficial because HDL cholesterol picks up excess cholesterol in your blood and takes it back to your liver for disposal. The higher your HDL cholesterol, the less bad cholesterol you'll have in your blood.

In one study, every 1 percent increase in HDL cholesterol was linked to a 2 percent reduction in the development of coronary artery disease. In the same study, participants with the highest HDL levels had half the risk of developing coronary artery disease, as did those with the lowest HDL levels. (MAYO CLINIC)

To find out what the main differences are between good and bad fat, we must first examine the components of good and bad fat, and what the benefits of "good fat" are.

BAD FATS

SATURATED FATS

The cause of LDL (bad) cholesterol, saturated fats can be found primarily in meat, dairy eggs and seafood.

They can also be found in certain oils, namely coconut, palm oil and palm kernel oil.

TRANS FAT

To increase the shelf life of commercially packaged foods, scientist created trans fats. They did this by hydrogenating the oil. Unfortunately, hydrogenation produced something called "fatty acids" i.e., trans fats. Trans fats are particularly harmful because they not only increase LDL cholesterol levels, but also appear to decrease HDL
(Good) cholesterol.

GOOD FATS

MONOUNSATURATED FATS

Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). Nuts like peanuts and walnuts almonds are high in MUFA's. You can also find it in canola, olive oil and avocados.

POLYUNSATURATED FATS

Polyunsaturated fat can also lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. They can be found in certain types of seafood like salmon. They can also be found in fish oil corn, soy, safflower and sunflower oils.

CHANGE HOW YOU THINK ABOUT FATS

Diets low in fats should be altered to a diet low in a certain type of fat.

The key is to replace bad fat with good fat in our diet by checking food package labels to see what kind of fats are in the foods you are purchasing.

Be smart about your diet, do your homework, see a doctor, and find out what works best for you in the end.
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