The British Heart Foundation advises that eating too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol and the risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in things like processed meat, hard cheeses, yoghurt, cream, butter, pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits.
Despite its bad reputation, however, fat is essential for many purposes. Your body uses fat for:
- storage of energy,
- protection of organs,
- formation of cell membranes,
- storage and transportation of vitamins, and also
- fat constitutes the majority of the spinal cord and central nervous system.
It’s the type of fat that you eat which is the issue. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, including Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids, are the ones which are good for you. These ‘good fats’ can be found in:
- Olive oil (all oils mentioned should be cold pressed if possible)
- Peanut oil
- Rapeseed oil
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Flax oil
- Pasture reared eggs
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Oily fish (like mackerel, salmon, sardines and kippers).
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