It’s the time of the year again. Studies have shown that we pile on the kilos during the holiday season and of course, there are many articles going around the web reminding you to cut down on fat while you stuff your face this season. To set the record straight and to make it easier to understand for everyone, here’s the breakdown and truth about fats through a set of myth-busting questions:
Myth 1: All fats are.. fatty. And all fat is bad for you.
Fact is, fat is not created equal and not all fat is bad for you! To put it simply, there is good fat and there is bad fat. Let’s start off with the bad ones first. Saturated fat and trans fat is bad for you. They raise your cholesterol and increase your chances of heart disease. The good fats are the unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated)! They actually work in reverse and lower your cholesterol and decrease risk of heart disease.
Myth 2: A fat-free diet means a healthy diet.
Wrong, wrong, wrong! A healthy diet includes healthy fats. Your body needs these healthy fats to help it function properly. In fact, a fat-free label on your food does not mean that you can pay no heed to how much you eat without any consequence to your waistline. These foods are usually high in other unhealthy ingredients such as sugar, refined carbohydrates and empty calories.
Myth 3: The key to weight-loss is a a low-fat diet.
As weird as this may sound, obesity is on the rise in line with a low-fat food revolution. The real key to weight loss is in cutting calories. And since fat is filling, they can actually curb overeating. Interesting, isn’t it? Fat doesn’t seem all that evil now.
Of course, we have to complicate matters and tell you that not all saturated fats and cholesterol is bad for you. New studies have emerged to debunk the whole ‘saturated fat is bad for you’ theory and throw it out the window. Confused? Don’t be. In our next article, we will tackle a few examples of fat that is actually good for your body (even if it is saturated fat). We know how good fat makes your food taste, so the key is in knowing what kinds of fat to include into your diet, and of course, moderation!
Information from healthguide.org