If you were a tad overweight as a kid, you have surely grown up believing that fats are your sworn enemy. If you were not weight-challenged in your formative years, chances are you learnt to be afraid of fats when you were an adolescent. It's not your fault. The society at large believes that fats are an enemy, so this is what you have been taught to believe!
Consuming fats does not make you fat. In fact, fats are considered to be an integral part of a well balanced diet simply because many of the body's processes cannot be completed without fats. Fats become your enemy only in two situations.
1. You eat the wrong kind.
2. You eat too many of them.
Unsaturated fats are called good fats because they are very useful in many ways. Found in plant based products like nuts and seeds, or in oily fish, the unsaturated fats help in protecting the heart. These help you in maintaining healthy weight and are also good for your hair and skin health.
Because of the myth that fats make you fat, the markets have been flooded with low fat products and variants of food items. These products are definitely low fat, but nobody tells you that they are high in sugar to compensate for the loss of taste and flavour. As a result, your food is unhealthier than ever if you eat these low fat items.
Fats are essential for the body to be able to absorb important vitamins like A, D, E and K. Eating foods rich in good fats will make you feel full for longer, hence they are good for keeping weight in check. Polyunsaturated fats help in reducing LDL and increasing the HDL, making your lipid profile more favourable.
Do you think it's time to reconsider your "fat" strategy now?