Fats Get Bad Rap

So I’m studying for this monster of a test folks, reading about fats and what they do for us. I realized that fats really get a bad rap, don’t you think?. I thought I’d share some things I learned about fats.nbsp; Some of it you may like; some, not so much.

Fats are essential to the body for important bodily functions, such as the ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E K, which are very important for cell growth and development. Fats also provide structure to our cells and protect our bodily organs AND provide insulation AND endurance energy. Ok, now that you have the lowdown on fat next time you’re thinking of going on that low fat diet, consider the aforementioned and below.

There are good fats and there are bad fats. The bad fats also called saturated and are solid at room temperature, like palm, coconut oils, butter and some dairy products. There are also the dreaded TRANS-fats, which start out good (unsaturated fat) but then through a process called hydrogenation wherein the oils are heated up intensely and hydrogen atoms literally change the oil and remove any and all good properties. What remains is an altered-state of the oils to make them solid at room temperature. If you look on a food label and you see the words “hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated”, turn and run as fast as you can.nbsp; Look for unsaturated oils (liquid at room temperature), such as canola oil or olive oil and vegetable oils. But be careful please. Remember that you  can change the properties of unsaturated fats to transfatty oils just by heating up. That means they lose health benefits and you are left with artery clogging gunk. 

I hope I cleared up the myth about all fats being bad. As for me, I have steered clear of the crackers, chips, pretzels, microwave popcorn, doughnuts, cookies, etc.nbsp; and processed foods aisles in the supermarket since 2011 when I had my epiphany and decided to take ownership of my health.nbsp; The one thing I did not know until todaynbsp; is that I can take perfectly good unsaturated vegetable oil (which has the essential lino oleic oil that we need) and turn it into a trans fatty acid right in the comfort of home. Now isn’t that special?nbsp; That was shocking news to me and now I will rethink my cooking methods.nbsp; I also have to find out if this hydrogenation process also occurs with different kinds of oils besides vegetable oil.nbsp; I will keep you posted on my results. Stay tuned as I study more.

Happy Fitness, everyone!