Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fats in our Diet

As you can see in the food group pyramid, fats, per se, is not bad for our body. However, when taken in excessive amounts, it contributes to weight gain, heart problems, and even certain types of cancer. There are also fats that are good for our body (good fats) and fats that we should stay away from (bad fats).

Good fats like the polyunsaturated fats lower our cholesterol level. These can be found in foods like salmon, fish oil, soy, corn. Another type of good fat is the monounsaturated fat. These can be found in nuts, avocado, olive oil.

Upon the other hand, the bad fats, or those those that we should avoid, are trans (found in many packaged foods) and saturated fats (mainly found in animal products and some plant foods). They increase our risk for certain heart diseases.

A number of people who have weight problems are turning to fat burners. However, not all fat burners that are available in the market work. You may just be wasting your money, or worse, may be doing more harm than good to your body with some of these fat burning pills. One must be discriminating and careful in buying these supplements. Know the ingredients of the product. How safe and effective are they? Follow the recommended dosage. Anything in excess is harmful to the body. Look for products which are mainly made of natural ingredients. Usually, they are the ones which are safe and work the best.


Unknown said...

i wish they can just zap the fats away without us having to sweat our bums off :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Very educational and informative post. I learned so much from it. Thanks for featuring this very educational post. God bless you always.


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