Ronéll van Rooyen
Perhaps, while you’re reading this article, you’re having a mug of coffee and a slice of bread with a thick layer of margarine on it. Eat it quickly before reading this article because you could feel guilty after reading it.
VARIOUS TYPES OF FAT
There are five commonly used terms and the media use them to confuse people in order to sell certain products.
These are fats that solidify at room temperature. These nutrients cannot form nutrient bindings in the body and are therefore empty calories that build up and are stored in the body as fat. They are found in animal products such as meat, milk, cheese, butter and eggs. Animal fats always contain cholesterol, while plant oils do not.
These are also bad fats found in, for instance, margarine, confectionaries and processed foods such as sauces, cream, etc.
These fats have open links and can bind with nutrients to enter the cells. These fats do not solidify at room temperature and are found in nuts, seeds and avocados.
They contain large amounts of fatty acids with open links for easy binding and functioning in cells. They also occur in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds and also in other vegetable oils, cold-water fish and fish oil. These oils should not be heated as they are unstable.
They have a single fatty acid with an open link for binding and occur in fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish, olives and olive oil. These oils should not be heated in excess of 100 °C and should rather be mixed into salads or warm steamed food.
Saturated fats are classified as “bad fats” because the body cannot use them. They are stored as fat in arteries and in fat cells. They are not found in plants, although coconut oil solidifies at room temperature but margarine does not. Unsaturated fats and poly- and monounsaturated fats are the good fats and therefore it is healthy to add more fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds to your daily eating plan. These fats are also stored in dark bottles and are cold-pressed. The daily allowance is usually 30% but studies by the Cornell and Oxford universities in China have shown 20% to be sufficient, but that 10-15% are best. For a slim body 14% calories per day is the correct calory intake.
Fat makes fat. It is better to eat fresh food than processed food with hidden fats and oils that increase at high temperatures. Enjoy life and your health. It is in your hands with God as Tutor.
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