Healthy Fats – Unsaturated Fats
It is the type of fat in your diet is just as important as the volume of fats in your diet.
There are types of healthy fats and types of unhealthy fats. This section concentrates on the healthy fats you should try to include in your diet.
Unsaturated fats (un-saturated fats) are healthier than saturated fats, because they have a much lower effect on increasing blood cholesterol. They are still a fat however and must be consumed in moderation.
Where can you find unsaturated fats?
These are usually found from plant based foods such as olive oil, olives, avocado and avocado oils, peanuts, cashew nutes, canola oil and seeds, sunflower oil, rapeseed and good quality vegetable spreads. Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fats and can be found in oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, tina, salmon and trout. The fatty acids found in fish tend to have more health benefits than the EFA’s found in vegetable oils
Why is unsaturated fat good for me?
Unsaturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol and help to provide the body with essential fatty acids need to do every bodily functions. Reducing blood cholesterol is important to reducing your risk of developing heart disease.
More information about unsaturated fats here – http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthydiet/fss/fats/unsatfat/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsaturated_fats