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Can Saturated Fats be Healthy?

By November 18, 2014 No Comments

The short answer: It depends. Some fats are better than others.

Surely you’re aware about the ever-present fight against fat. But you might be confused about which fats you should avoid and which you should embrace.

Which fats are fine?

Part of your fitness program might include keeping fat out of the picture. But the human body does require a small amount of fat in order to stay healthy. “Good” fats – the ones that keep our brains cranking and give us energy – are the ones found in foods like avocados, eggs, nuts and seeds. Those are the ones to embrace.

Can Saturated Fats be Healthy?

“Bad” fats are found in processed foods, dairy and junk food. They provide no benefit, contributing to obesity, heart trouble, clogged arteries, high cholesterol and other maladies.

Saturated and trans fats

These are the bad fats – found solid at room temperature in forms like margarine sticks and lard.

Mono- and polyunsaturated fats

These good fats are often found in liquid form, such as olive oil. They are excellent for helping to keep your heart well and your overall health in check.

Make healthy choices through better eating

Avoid processed foods – if it comes pre-packaged, it probably contains ‘bad’ fats. Try to prepare your meals from scratch and avoid using trans fats such as lard, butter or margarine in which to cook your foods.

Try salmon in the morning with scrambled eggs or avocado on the side. Or an egg white omelette with spinach and lean ham.

Healthful dinner choices can include baked fish fillets and roasted vegetables on the side with a lime dipping sauce; or brown rice pasta with olive oil and fresh herbs.

Good fats often help you feel full

Monounsaturated fats found in nuts and seeds are a great way to prevent tummy rumbling when you can’t get to a full meal. Good fats give you that feeling of fullness (as long as you don’t overdo it!).

Call our Perth gym for more info: (08) 9342 9028.