Good Fats and Bad Fats - Not all fats are created equal... Learn to distinguish good fats from the bad to keep you healthy.
Fats and Olive Oil -- There have been numerous reports in the past few decades about olive oil and cholesterol and how the fat content in olive oil is very beneficial in lowering cholesterol. Let's learn what all this means...
It seems that the total amount of fat you eat isn't as important as the type of fat you eat and it's critical that we understand which fats are actually good for our health so that you can substitute good fats for bad to maintain our health for the long-term.
Let's first differentiate good fats from the bad:
The Bad fats increase the risk of diseases:
This is the type of fat that is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol and thus increase the risk of heart disease.
The Good fats lower the risk of certain disease:
Numerous researches provide evidences that explain the heart healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables and grains and low in saturated fat from meat. Studies have consistently documented lower rates of heart disease in Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain, where people consume more than one third of their daily calories from fats high in monounsaturated fatty acids, most particularly olive oil.
Both canola and olive oils are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are considered the healthiest fats. They also contain the essential fatty acids including omega-3's, which is key to good health.
Omega-3 and omega-6 play a crucial role in brain function and in the normal growth and development of your body.
Good news is that polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease.
Foods that are high in polyunsaturated fat include soybean oil, corn oil and regular safflower, sunflower and cottonseed oils, as well as fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout. Other sources include some nuts and seeds such as walnuts and sunflower seeds. Flax seed oil is high in omega-3 fats.
You need to take caution though since polyunsaturated fats are rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are now considered to be a slight health risk.