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Maintaining Healthy Body Fat Composition Maintaining Healthy Body Fat Composition

   Discussion: Maintaining Healthy Body Fat Composition
rosariawetzell · 1 year, 10 months ago
Foods that are high in fat includes Panalean Review dairy foods (e.g whole milk, ice cream, butter, cheese), fatty red meats, egg yolks, which are particularly high in cholesterol, processed meats (sausage, salami, hot dogs), and deep-fried foods. A low fat diet often comprises fruits, vegetables, fish, cereals, rice, pasta, nuts and seeds. However, we also need to understand that not all fats are equal. More and more studies reveal that bad fats increase the risk for certain diseases while good fats lower the risk. The idea of healthy eating and following a low fat diet is about knowing how to choose good fats over bad fats. In other words, the key is to substitute good fats for bad fats. Bad Fats Saturated fats: These are found in high quantities in foods of animal origin. As they are converted to cholesterol by the liver, we should not indulge in them. These fats are solid at room temperature. Eating too much saturated fat is strongly related to higher cholesterol levels. However, be cautious; foods that are labelled as "No Cholesterol" can be very high in saturated fats! For instance, while coconut and palm oils contain no cholesterol, they are high in saturated fat and should be avoided in a low fat diet. Fruits and vegetables are very low in saturated fat and total fat, and have no cholesterol. A diet high in fruit and vegetables may also help to improve cholesterol levels for those with high cholesterol. Trans Fats: Trans fats are actually unsaturated fats, but they can raise total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while also lowering HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Any item that contains "hydrogenated oil" or "partially hydrogenated oil" likely contains trans fats. Hydrogenation is the chemical process that changes liquid oils into solid fats. It's used to extend the shelf life of processed foods, typically in stick margarine, baked and fast foods such as ice cream, cakes, cookies, chips, shortening, popcorn, and French fries.

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