As Melissa has explained not all fats are bad for you. The ones you need to look out for and limit or cut out from your diet are the ‘saturated’ and ‘trans’ fats. These are considered the “bad” fats because when eating regularly they increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated and trans fats are found mainly in the following foods:
- Cakes, biscuits, pastries (meat pies, sausage rolls, croissants), hot chips, full fat dairy products, coconut and palm oil, animal products such as meat, chicken, lamb, pork.
Fat's which are good for health are the mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. You may know these types of fats as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These “good” fats don't have the same affect on cardiovascular health as the “bad” fats and some research has even shown them to be beneficial (mainly with omega-3's). Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats are found mainly in the following foods:
- nuts and seeds, oily fish (tuna, salmon, mackeral) and fish oils, plant-based oils such as olive, canola, flaxseed, sunflower and rice bran, and avocados.
To help you distinguish fact from fiction, it's best to consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). With so much conflicting dietary information and advice circulating it can be difficult to find the right answers. APD's are university trained experts in nutrition and dietetics and can help you to make healhty food choices for life.
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