We do need fat for our organism to function properly. But everything should be in moderation. Therefore the excess of fat is not a really good thing. Actually, too much fat can be harmful. And moreover, fat can be different and there is good and beneficial one as well as bad and unhealthy one.
We do need fat for our organism to function properly. But everything should be in moderation. Therefore the excess of fat is not a really good thing. Actually, too much fat can be harmful. And moreover, fat can be different and there is good and beneficial one as well as bad and unhealthy one.Fat performs several functions in our body. First of all, it is an energy source and it carries fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. It assists in the process of their circulation in the blood and throughout the body. Moreover, it protects the organs of the body. It is also essential for the heart protection and support of immune system. Fats are divided into two main groups and it is important to know which are good and beneficial in order to include it them into the diet as well as to avoid bad ones. There are saturated and unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats refer to the ‘good fats’. They are generally found in vegetables and have liquid form at room temperature. Among them mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats are differentiated. Olive oil, sesame oil, sunflower or soy oil as well as mackerel, pilchards, salmon and sardines are rich in unsaturated fats. Saturated fat produces opposite effect. It is able to evoke various health problems if taken in excessive amounts. Saturated fats are found in animal sources. They are able to cause negative effect on a person’s health. One of them is increase in ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL) levels, which in its turn can lead to cardio problems. Saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. Butter, margarine, cheese, and whole milk are products containing saturated fats as well as biscuits, cakes, cookies, pastries. Trans fats are one more group of fats. It is a type of saturated fats and it is the worst of the three. On the one hand, it increases the ‘bad cholesterol’ levels, on the other hand, the ‘good cholesterol’ (HDL) levels are reduced. Milk and dairy products contain them as well as there are synthetically prepared trans fats that are commonly found is processed foods. Bad fats taken in large amounts are able to produce negative effects in abundance. First of them is obesity. It is especially true if a person leads a sedentary lifestyle. Obesity itself is fraught with the risk of development of different ailments such as heart problems, type II diabetes, gallbladder disease, hypertension, and even osteoarthritis. Moreover, ‘bad cholesterol’ levels are increased and this evokes the condition called atherosclerosis. It means that cholesterol is built up on the walls of arteries therefore interfering with the blood flow and even sometimes blocking the blood flow completely. As a result, a myocardial infarction, or even a heart attack can occur.
Perhaps, this information will make you think twice before you buy another pack of crunchy potato chips or any candy or sandwich. Perhaps, you will be more aware of the food you eat and more concerned about your health. Mind, that healthy eating is the key to healthy living and you really do not need all these seemingly pleasant foods.