Fats: unsaturated and saturated fats
Fats are also essential parts of a healthy diet and are important in normal brain development of a child they are the most concentrated form of energy available to the body. Unfortunately this means it is also the body’s preferred method of storing energy. There are two main types of fat which are saturated fats and unsaturated fats.
Saturated fats lead to the production of cholesterol which can lead to heart disease, saturated fats are found in butter, meat, cheese and lard. Unsaturated fats have very little effect on cholesterol and some vegetable oils such as olive oil and sunflower oil lower cholesterol. Many fish oils are unsaturated fats and a healthy diet should contain these as can help prevent cardiovascular disease and contain omega oils.
As a general rule we eat to much fat especially in fried foods and too much fat in cooking. It is a myth that all fats are bad the body still needs them the important thing to remember is to keep the overall level low and that most of this is made of ‘good fats’ such as fish and olive oils.