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23 June 2010

Do we need fats?

The answer is yes, but we shouldn't eat too much and we should know which fats are good for us, and which fats aren't.

The answer is yes, but we shouldn't eat too much and we should know which fats are good for us, and which fats aren't.

The basic message that has emerged is that we should take care not to eat too much fat in general, and that we should cut down on the amount of saturated fat in own diets.

  • Saturated fats
  • Monounsaturated fats,
  • Polyunsaturated fats, and
  • Essential fatty acids.

  • Bad fats = Saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol, which can be found in cream, butter, lard, bacon fat, meat fat, chicken skin, commercially produced cookies, crips and pastries, and also in hard brick margarine.
  • Good fats = Mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which can be found in sunflower, safflower, canola and olive oils, soft tub margarines and nuts.
  • Essential fats = Omega-3 and omega-6 fats, which can be found in fish, omega-3 enriched eggs, flaxseed, canola and soybean oils.

 
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