Fat Burning

Does eating fat actually make you fat?

Fat Burning

Does eating fat actually make you fat?

 | By Holly Trueman | @hollytrueman

For decades now, people have thought that eating fat makes you fat. As a result, dieters across the globe have been avoiding fatty foods like the plague.

Take a trip to the supermarket and you'll see that the shelves are jam-packed with low-fat and fat-free products. But here's a little newsflash... the latest research suggests that fats have countless benefits. From increasing good cholesterol to reducing risk of chronic disease, fats should certainly not be feared or avoided.

What do fats do?

Here’s our guide to healthy fats: 

Conclusion? Foods that are high in certain fats do not make you fat.

NOTE: natural fats ( saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats ) are all great for the body. However, unnatural fats (hydrogenated fats) are not. Hydrogenated fats are found in fast-food and sugary food and are jam-packed with preservatives.

As for the bad fats...

The fats that should be saved for special occasions are the trans fatty acids and some saturated fats. These are found in processed foods... think doughnuts, biscuits, pastries, pizza dough and chips, all of which are jam-packed with preservatives. This type of fat can increase cholesterol levels and increase the risk of disease, so it's fair to say these should be eaten in moderation.

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