The fat story

The fat story

Women are brainwashed into thinking fats are bad but it all depends on what sort you eat and how much. Fat is needed to build cell walls, help the absorption of vitamins and nutrients and balance hormone and blood sugar levels.

Saturated and unsaturated fats Saturation refers to the number of hydrogen atoms attached to the fat molecule. When a fat molecule contains the maximum number of hydrogen atoms, it is saturated. It is sometimes called a hard fat because it stays hard at room temperature. Saturated fats come from animal sources and are the least healthy and so should be eaten in moderation. If one pair of hydrogen atoms is missing, the molecule is said to be

monounsaturated – these fats are usually plant-based in origin. Olive oil is an example of a monounsaturated fat.

If more than one pair of hydrogen atoms is missing, the fat is polyunsaturated – cooking oils for example. Both mono- and polyunsaturated fats are healthy fats.

Essential fatty acids Omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 are unsaturated fats, essential for the production of prostaglandins, which are key to maintaining correct hormonal secretion and balance for both men and women. These essential fatty acids are also important for the production of serotonin. Olive oil, for example, contains omega-6 and omega-9 oils. Omega-3 oil, found in oily fish, walnuts, pumpkins, and sesame seeds, is particularly important for healthy cell metabolism, brain function, healthy sperm production and heart health.

Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, herrings, and sardines are the best dietary sources of omega-3.

Hydrogenated fats and transfats When a hydrogen atom is added to an unsaturated vegetable fat, the molecule is then referred to as hydrogenated and the fat becomes a transfat. These unnatural fats, found in many junk foods, biscuits, and cakes, are difficult for the body to digest and metabolize, and carry known health risks.

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