Monthly Archives: February 2014

Fat Wars: Healthy VS Unhealthy

It is given that unhealthy fats are stored in several places of the body specifically in the belly. Of course, this is something that you want reduced or completely removed. Although these unwanted fats exist, there are instances where you need to eat foods that are rich in fats too in order to sustain the function of important internal body parts.

Healthy fats can benefit you in many ways. Foods that are rich in Omega-3 which is also known as DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is considered to be a primary structural component that helps nourish the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, sperm, testicles and retina. It may also reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease. In addition, it also nourishes the body cells, hair, skin, and nails. Furthermore, it can improve your mood and help prevent dementia or problem in the brain function.

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Healthy fats you need to include in your meal plan

Include foods that are rich in Omega-3. It is often found in fatty fishes such as salmon, red snapper, sardines, canned tuna, mackerel, and several fish oil supplements. Foods rich in Omega-6 is also recommended. The most common sources are linseed oil, tung oil, poppy seed oil, perilla oil, and walnut oil. In addition, research indicates that fatty acids in sunflower oil and safflower oil may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Unhealthy fats you have to reduce or eliminate

Processed meat contain saturated fats which is primarily found in red meat and whole dairy products. Over the years, research found out that high intake of protein coming from these meats greatly contribute to weight gain for both genders particularly among women.

Avoid too much intake of trans fats. These are often found in packaged foods like crackers, candies, and chips. It may also be found in fried foods, baked goods, and many other processed products.

It is recommended to follow a proper dietary plan in order to balance the intake of food from both healthy and unhealthy meals. As much as possible, reduce or completely eliminate the intake of unhealthy fats and protein from processed meat. Instead, try alternatives such as corn, soybean, spinach, artichokes, and potatoes.