It is very common to get a negative reaction when you hear the word fat. No matter in which context the word is heard or read, the reaction always remains the same. It is a tendency that every one considers that the word “fat” is an unhealthy and bad thing. Nevertheless research has proved that the truth is actually different.
Types of fats:
How many of us are aware of the fact that there are some friendly fats? Yes, it is very true and it has been proved scientifically proved. Fats that are found in foods are classified into four categories; monounsaturated, saturated, polyunsaturated as well as trans-saturated fats. Each category of fats is differently absorbed by the human body and has good or bad effects on our health.
Also human body has fatty acids that from the above mentioned fats. These fats are made of carbon as well as hydrogen molecules in diverse chemical combinations and these molecules later on build up fats and oils which are referred as lipids.
Friendly and unfriendly fats:
Now the big question that follows is “Which fats are friendly and which are unfriendly?” Saturated fats are considered as unfriendly ones, because they have chances of increasing the cholesterol levels in blood and therefore lead to heart problems. The friendly fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats since they lower the level of cholesterol in the blood.
Hence it is recommended to replace the saturated fats with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. But polyunsaturated fats are the most efficient ones and they are more powerful against cholesterol as compared to monounsaturated acids.
Majority of the foods that you eat contain monounsaturated fats. Just the amount of saturated and polyunsaturated fats differs from one food to another, based of the food’s origin. Saturated i.e. unfriendly fats are mainly found in lamb, cheese, beef, milk and other dairy products, along with tropical oils, such as coconut and palm oil. Monounsaturated fats are found in high amounts in avocado, all nuts, olive and vegetable oils.
These are the most beneficial fatty acids against cholesterol. These fats can be found in sea foods, fish oil, vegetal oils, especially sunflower and saffron, soy as well as corn oil. Polyunsaturated fats include necessary fatty acids that are vital for preserving health and also to fight against all diseases.