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Understanding fats


Posted by Swati S.

Fats are a really misunderstood group. There is a general perception that all fats are bad and must be avoided. But this not true. Here are a few things that fats help us with.

They help us get energy. A drastic cut down on fats may leave you feeling lethargic.

They help insulate our body, to protect it from extreme temperature.

Fats form a covering around our internal organs to protect them from damage.

They help to metabolize proteins and carbohydrates.

They help regulate body temperature.

However it is true that too much fat create health problems, mainly diseases related to the heart. It helps to remember that fats are good, and bad. Around 95 percent of fats in our body are in the form of triglycerides. Good fats are those which occur naturally and are not chemically altered. Bad fats, however, have been hydrogenated or have been chemically altered in some way, and they harm the body.

 
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I've heard a lot about "good fat" (poly and monounsaturated fat) that actually rids the body of bad cholesterol (LDL). Is this in fact true? Or is "good fat" simply the kind that's not as bad as saturated fat?
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