People have always been in a bewilderment about the consumption of fats. It is quite understandable because of the number of pointless misconceptions that have formed around and have enveloped the consumption of fats. The reality is that the key to forming a healthy diet is including fats in it. By the way, including fats in your diet means including the ‘good’ fats and not the ‘bad’ ones.
It is very important to know the right things and not be a victim of baseless myths and misconceptions that are only a hindrance in your understanding of the truth. So, here are the top misconceptions about eating fats that are busted for you:
1. You will gain weight no matter how much fat you consume
This is not true. Obviously, if you are on high-fat foods or are snacking on them all the time, it will make you put on a lot of weight. The important thing is to have a balanced fat consumption. Too much of anything is bad and that is the ultimate reality.
It is important to have fats on the basis of your body’s calorie requirements. Saturated fats are specially the ‘bad’ ones that you really need to consume as less as possible. It is recommended to consume less than 10% of kilojoules from saturated fats according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Experts recommend having 20% of kilojoules requirement from healthy fats.
2.Fat is not good for you
According to Julie Upton, who is a registered dietician co-founder of the nutrition website “Appetite for Health”, there are high-quality and low-quality fats just like carbs. She goes on to say that just like low-quality carbs, low-quality fats are also not beneficial for the health. She specially points out to saturated fats which are majorly present in processed foods.
3.Cholesterol levels increase because of the consumption of high-fat foods
According to Scott Keatley of the Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy, although saturated fats are associated with increased cholesterol levels, the ‘good’ fats like poly-unsaturated fatty acids which are found in soybeans, sunflowers, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and in fishes like salmon and tuna have actually shown to decrease the cholesterol levels by a significant extent.
4.There is no purpose for the consumption of fats
This is not at all true as for our brain to work properly and the body functions to go on smoothly, proper amounts of dietary fats are a must. Apart from that, from temperature regulation in the body to production of hormones and cell signaling, the body immensely needs fats.
Not just that, fats are much needed in order to support healthy hair, nails and skin.
5.Fats are fats. There are no types.
It is widely believed that fats are just plain bad for the body. By saying fats, people refer to all types of them and not just the ‘bad’ ones. Rather, there are so many types of fats.
While the ‘good’ fats like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the heart healthy fats, ‘bad’ fats like trans fats and saturated fats are stored as body fat. So, it is very important to use cooking oils that are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and low in saturated ad trans fats.