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Healthy Fats: Is there such a thing?

Often we hear about the impact of too much saturated fat on our bodies. However, there is more and more information about use of healthy fats in our diets. So, as the title suggests, is there such a thing?


The British Heart Foundation (2021) explain that the 'healthy' fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

 

'But how do I consume these healthy fats?'


Well let me explain -

Monounsaturated fats can be found in: peanut butter, almonds, cashews, pistachios, rapeseed oil, olive oil, olives and avocadoes.

Polyunsaturated fats can be found in: oily fish, like salmon, rapeseed oil, sunflower seeds and walnuts.


Polyunsaturated fats supply the body with omega-3 and omega-6. This is important as the body cannot manufacture these.


It is recommended to consume these healthy fats in small amounts (BHF, 2021).

 

'How can I tell what foods contain healthier fats?'


It can help to check food labels to see the fat content. Choose products lower in saturated fat (which raise cholesterol and thus increase heart attack, stroke and vascular dementia risk). The saturated fat and total fat content per serving on the label will help to make an informed choice.

Often, traffic light labelling gives the opportunity for a quick look at how healthy the product is for you, with red warnings that levels are high.


 

Here's a helpful video to understand more about what fat does to your body and how much fat you should eat: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/sugar-salt-and-fat/saturated-fat-animation


All information from The British Heart Foundation (www.bhf.org.uk).

 

If you would like any further advice or support on your diet then please contact Raleigh Park Clinic on 01865 200365 or email us at info@raleighparkclinic.com

Our Nutritional Therapist is here to support you.






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