A healthy body needs fat to function properly: fats are an excellent source of energy, as well as building blocks of critical cells and hormones. They also slow down absorption so we don’t burn out easily. In addition, fats help us absorb vitamins. A completely fat free diet is not healthy.
Like almost everything else, fats should be consumed in moderation. There are two types of fats: healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) and unhealthy fats (saturated and trans fat). There is evidence that high intake of unhealthy (saturated and trans) fats can lead to heart diseases – eating a lot of saturated and trans fats increase the level of bad (LDL) cholesterol in our blood.
To maintain a healthy diet low in unhealthy fats, we should cut back on meat and diary products as well as processed foods, while substituting tropical oil with liquid vegetable oil for cooking. In below infographic, we try to present you with the key nutritional facts about fats and what to do to have a healthy low fat diet.