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Is Eating Fat Bad for You?
include mono unsaturated fats and poly unsaturated fats which often come from plant based sources and are generally liquid at room temperature. Walnuts, avocados, olive oil, and peanuts are examples of mono unsaturated fats; Flaxseed, vegetable oils, fish oils (in salmon), almonds and seeds provide us with our poly unstaturated fats, which contain heart healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6’s.
Small dense particles can pass through arterial walls easily and contribute to plaque build up and coronary artery disease. They also are easily oxidized which raises the risk of disease. But the large molecule LDL is large and fluffy and are too large to pass through cell walls and is therefore benign.
Low carb diets higher in saturated fats help enlarge the LDL particles and low fat diets have been linked to increased small particle LDL. This research shows that saturated fat does not have the same detrimental affect on blood lipids as it was thought in the past. That said, you shouldn’t make a steady diet of bacon and steak, but there is now evidence that saturated fat is not as bad as we once assumed. In fact recent studies have show that diets high in protein and saturated fats can increase our HDL (the “good”cholesterol) and increase the production of large density (rather than the riskier small density lipo proteins) associated with risk for heart disease.
In fact the fat has been found to be so harmful that the FDA has put out a mandate that all trans fats must be out of all foods in America by 2018. But until then avoid transfats by avoiding processed foods and reading labels. If it comes in a box and has more than five ingredients (or ingredients only a chemist could pronounce), it doesn’t need to go into your body!
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