Eating healthy is a hard thing to do when you’re first starting out. If you want organic food, it’s way more expensive. You have to re-prioritize your time for prepping meals, going to the gym, etc. It’s not so easy when you have many major responsibilities. But cutting out certain unhealthy things from your diet little by little makes it a lot easier, and two of the first things to cut out are saturated fat and trans fat.
There are three types of fats you normally see on the back of package labels: saturated and unsaturated fats, and trans fat. What’s the difference? Aren’t all three bad for you? What makes unsaturated fats think they’re so good and healthy???
Saturated fats and trans fats are both solid at room temperature, due to their fatty acid chain formation. Trans fat actually has zero nutritional value whatsoever, so it is the worst kind of dietary fat. When you consume these fats, not only are you raising your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering your good cholesterol (HDL), you’re also putting your arteries at risk by essentially clogging them up. That, as you know, is NOT good for the sake of your heart.
Unsaturated fats are the better fats to consume. What makes them different? Well, recall the fatty acid chain that fats are made of. Unsaturated fats have what’s called a “kink” in the double bonds of their fatty acid chain. As a result, this allows more fluidity (not solid at room temperature unlike the other two), thus not clogging up your arteries!
Some unsaturated fats, specifically polyunsaturated, are necessary for a healthy diet. These fats aid in cell membrane growth, and if you need a quick refresher, you have trillions of cells. So it’s a good idea to help them out and giving them the right stuff to grow. 😉
Sunflower oil, olive oil, nuts and many seeds along with avocados are great sources of the good unsaturated fats listed above. Make small changes little by little, and you’ll save your arteries and heart in no time.