This is perhaps one of the most difficult nutritional notions to explain; however, distinguishing the main types of fat is crucial for your long-term health.
The foods we eat contain at least one of these types of fat:
- Monosaturated – they’re very healthy and beneficial for your cholesterol, immune system and digestive tract.
Found in: avocado, olive oil, nuts
- Saturated – can have a negative impact when consumed excessively, so it’s best to eat as little as possible.
Found in: deli meats, butter, burgers, some hard cheeses like cheddar
- Trans – these are the bad guys you should stay away from. They increase cholesterol, as well as your risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.
Sadly, trans fats are found in so, so many foods around us. Almost every fast-food product and snack (think chips or biscuits) contains dangerous amounts of trans fats. What’s worse, these food categories are also addictive due to their high sugar and salt content, so it’s best to stay away from them as much as you can.
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