- 8 Months ago
Eliminating fats from your diet won't reduce your waistline-it could actually end up doing the opposite. So, make it a point to consume good fats.The Good Fats
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are liquid oils. They increase the good cholesterol, HDL, which protects the heart. Other good fats are Omega 6 and Omega 3. Omega 6 is present in fish oil and is called linoleic acid, while Omega 3, called linolenic fatty acid, is present in primrose oil.
Monounsaturated fatty acids are liquid at room temperature, but solidify when chilled. We can reduce the risk of heart problems if we replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats as the latter reduce LDL and increase HDL. They also appear to reduce free-radical damage (associated with ageing), some types of cancers, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Good sources include olive oil, rapeseed oil, nut oils like groundnut and hazelnut oils, nuts, seeds and avocados.
Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids and include linolenic derivatives. These reduce the risk of blood clotting and hence, heart attacks and strokes. They also help against inflammatory diseases. Good sources are oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines; dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale; and walnuts, linseeds, pumpkin seeds and soybeans.