What are Trans Fats?

Trans fats are considered bad fats since they are the worst type of fats and eating them can increase your cholesterol level and clog your arteries, raise blood pressure, increase insulin resistance (leading to diabetes), cause inflammation, or even contribute to cancer.

One way to avoid eating unhealthy trans fats is by eating more natural foods since these do not contain any of those trans fats.

Similarly, saturated fats are also bad for the body since eating saturated fats can cause a rise in cholesterol levels. Foods that contain saturated fats include meat, dairy products, and tropical oils like coconut and palm oils.

Saturated and Trans Fats are Harmful to Health

The problem with eating food containing saturated or trans fats is that eating these will increase the risk of many diseases related to heart disease, especially stroke, as well as reduce insulin sensitivity (due to eating high amounts of sugar). 

Eating unhealthy fats can also raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while at the same time lowering good HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. The result could be a higher risk of developing certain health conditions such as cardiovascular disease or even diabetes.

In other words, eating foods loaded with fat means eating food that is in fact bad for the health of an individual.

Benefits of Eating Fats

Many people do not know this but fats are beneficial for the body. Here are some of the benefits of eating fats:

  • They help the body absorb minerals and vitamins. This is true, especially when eating foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin E, A, and K.
  • They give your skin a healthy glow. Fats contain essential fatty acids which are vital for overall good health.
  • You will have more energy if you eat fats regularly.
  • Lack of dietary fats can lead to ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children.
  • Fats may reverse aging. A study by researchers at the University of California showed that eating coconut oil leads to the production of lauric acid, which can reverse skin aging.
  • You will experience more filling when eating fats. Eating fat foods such as avocado and nuts is more satisfying than eating cakes and cookies.
  • Fats are important for your mood. Many people who suffer from depression or anxiety feel better after eating fatty foods because they boost serotonin levels in the brain, thereby making you feel calm and relaxed.

How Much Fat Should You Eat?

If you want to stay healthy, you should not eat too much or too little fat. Creating a balance in fat consumption is the way to go. So, how much fat should you eat?

On average, you should eat at least  25-30 grams of fat a day. You will find on the back of food packages how much fat is in each product so you can easily measure if you're eating too little or too much.

You also need to make sure you are eating good fats rather than bad ones since eating too much bad fat can cause you to gain weight and eating too little good fats can cause you to lose weight.

How To Detect Good Fats From Bad Fats?

Not all fats are created equal, so knowing the difference between them is essential in getting a healthy balance of eating good fats as well as eating bad fats in your diet.

Eating unhealthy, trans-fatty acids or saturated fat can lead to coronary heart disease. You'll want to avoid eating saturated and trans-fats at all costs because they don't do your body any good.

The best thing you can do for yourself is read the nutritional labels on foods that have these unhealthy types of fat and avoid eating them. However, if you need help determining which fats are good for your body, you can also consult with your healthcare provider.