People have had the false impression that if you eat fat it will turn into fat on your body. Appropriate dietary fat intake is crucial to whole body health at the cellular level. Let’s be clear though and focus on healthy fats. I’m busting the myths and sharing the ‘good’ , the ‘bad’, and the ‘ugly’ about ‘fats’ and why they are essential for health on a cellular level. But remember adding healthy fats to the diet is not a ‘free pass’ to eat fried or fatty fast food!
Fats consumed can be split in four categories these are the following:
- Trans Fats (Bad)
- Saturated Fats (Bad)
- Polyunsaturated Fats (Good)
- Monounsaturated Fats (Good)
- So why should you not consume the bad fats. Trans and Saturated are particularly bad for you as they increase the risk of coronary heart disease by raising the levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol and lowering the levels of (good) HDL cholesterol. Following on from this there...
In various media forms today, we often hear a lot about cholesterol. The terms HDL and LDL are commonly used, but embarrassingly, most people really don’t know the difference. Cholesterol is one of the natural substances found in the body that has certain vital functions to perform like:
The Building of cell membranes
Maintenance of fluidity of these cell membranes
Metabolizing the fat soluble vitamins of type A, D, E and K
Production of bile for proper digestion of fat
Base material for many hormones
Basic component of the nervous system
The HDL cholesterol level in your blood is very important and you have to increase it as much as possible. HDL, or “good” cholesterol, gives more benefits to your body and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your heart. Unlike LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol), this type of cholesterol fights against the buildup of plaque inside the arteries. It has the effect of removing LDL from the blood vessels to the liver. This...
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