Fats Explained

“Fats are harmful and all kinds of unhealthy.”

Have you always been hearing that?

It’s not true.

Fats have been misunderstood. They can be bad but not all the time. There are some types of fats that are healthy and essential.

1/3rd of your daily calories should come from fats.

Your body runs on calories. And you get them from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Yes, healthy fats (PUFA & MUFA) exist and are essential for a balanced diet. It gives you energy, keeps cholesterol in check and helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K.

So, fats help absorb vitamins?

If you have a vitamin-rich but no-fat diet, your vitamins go to waste.

Vitamins A,D,E & K are absorbed by your body when you eat them with healthy fats. These vitamins need a fatty medium to dissolve into your body. And so they're called fat-soluble vitamins.

That’s why even vitamin rich, leafy green salads have a dressing of cold-pressed coconut oil on the top.

Eating more healthy fats (PUFA & MUFA) and less bad fats (trans fat) keeps your heart healthy & cholesterol in check.

Which fats are healthy and which are not?

There are 3 types of fats you should know about.

Unsaturated Fats (have this)

It’s healthy for your diet and increases your good cholesterol. It’s further divided into polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids (PUFA & MUFA).

Saturated Fats (limit this)

It’s less healthier and too much of it increases your bad cholesterol.

Trans Fats (avoid this)

It’s risky as it increases your bad and decreases your good cholesterol levels.

To help you understand this better, more visual content is coming soon.