What are Unhealthy Fats?

Unhealthy fats are the ones that can raise your risk of elevated cholesterol and heart disease.

Best to limit the following fats:

Saturated fats found in meats (lamb, pork, poultry with skin, fatty deli meats) and dairy products, cream, cheese, butter, lard, fatty meats. Saturate fats are simply fat molecules lacking double binds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Typically these fats stay solid at room temperature. This should be a sign that it’s not good for your health and heart since it can raise cholesterol in your blood. Your goal is to replace these saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Trans fats found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, processed foods such as cookies, cracker and snack foods usually contain this ingredient.

Cholesterol is also found in animal foods such as whole milk dairy products, and fatty meats.

Great, now what do I eat!

Vegetables, low glycemic index fruits, healthy lean proteins, fish, poultry, broth soups, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, seeds, and healthy legumes. Try baking, steaming or grilling foods instead of frying them. Choose olive oil as your favorite oil.

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