What Are Fats and Oils?

The word "fats" names a food group that includes what you probably think of as both fats and oils. Fats come from animal and plant Supplies and are usually solid at room temperature, oils are produced mainly from plants, and are liquid. The most common oils are extracted from seeds (safflower, sunflower, sesame, canola, flax), beans (peanuts, soy), grains (corn, wheat germ), fruits (avocado, olive), and nuts (almond, coconut, walnut, palm kernel).

Know Your Fat Facts- The Good And THe Bad

You've heard it before, and you've had a hard time believing it, so we're going to say it again, and this time, we're going to prove it.Not all fats are bad.

Here's what you need to know about the fats in your food- the good, the bad and the ones that are killing you slowly.

Trans Fats- Terrible for you

These are the fats that are so bad that you actually feel guilty while eating them (or at least, you should). Most trans fats are made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation, a process that makes them easier to cook with and less likely to spoil. Make sure you read the trans-fat quantity of the nutrition label of food items before you buy it. Anything more than 0 grams is risky.

Studies have shown time and again that partially hydrogenated trans fats can increase unhealthy LDL cholesterol and lower healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and even increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Primary sources sweet stuff like cakes, doughnuts, ice cream, biscuits, fast food like burgers, pizza, pies, french fries, margarine, anything fried, instant noodles and beef.

It's essential you know what each of the 4 types of fats are so you can maintain a truly balanced diet which- contrary to what you may have believed- isn't possible without fats.