Friday, April 22, 2011

Types of Fats

Is fat always the culprit? Fat seems considered gives the risk of different illnesses such as heart disease. 

Not all fats are not good for the health; there are fats that are needed for a healthy diet for adults as well as for children. Children needs certain fats for their brain, nervous system and has benefits on their growth and proper development. Get to know more about the types of fats :

Types of Fats
1. Saturated Fats. Best in moderate consumption. Cholesterol found in the body is usually called “blood cholesterol”. It is found in some saturates food eaten is the main influence on blood cholesterol levels.
It is advisable to cut down on the total amount of fat eaten, and choose that are high in unsaturates. Saturates are best kept in minimum because these increase cholesterol in the blood, which increases the risk of developing heart disease.

Saturates visible fats can be found in butter, margarine, cream and fat on the outside of meat. There are also called “hidden fats” mostly found in cakes, chocolates, biscuits, crisps and pastry.

2. Unsaturated Fats. Consist of polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. The difference between these two is in their chemical make-up. Some of the unsaturates are necessary in small quantities for good health. Sources of unsaturates foods are vegetable oils, sunflower, corn, soya, olive oils, fat margarine and nuts.
3. Trans fat.  It makes a very small amount of the fat we eat. Like the saturates, it is best to keep a minimum amount of these fats since it also increase people’s blood cholesterol about as much as saturated fat did. Major contributors to trans fatty acid intake are baked goods such as doughnuts and pastry, deep fried foods on fried chicken and french fried potatoes, and imitation cheese. Snack chips, cookies, and crackers often contains high amounts of trans fat as well natural resources including milk, sheep, goats and deer.