In our last blog, we did an overview on the misconceptions of fat. We touched on the benefits, as well as important body processes fat contributes to the body. Although fat CAN be good, it has to come from the correct source, in the correct quantity, and at the right ties. All these contribute to the effect fat will have on your body. Since fat is such a broad subject, we will focus on one of these. Today we will be talking about the fat source.
All source means is where you are obtaining something from. As you probably know, plenty of foods contain fat. While fat is found everywhere, not all fat is good fat. There are two main types of fat found in food: saturated, and unsaturated. Both of these can be found in your everyday foods. Fat source is very important to keep in mind as it can make or break your diet altogether.
Saturated fats are fat molecules saturated with hydrogen molecules. Some examples of these include pork, beef, lard, butter, cheese, among varioud other daily products. On top of that, fried foods and baked goods can contain high levels of these saturated fats. Some oils, such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil are in this category. But, these do not contain cholesterol. Saturated fat is often referred to solid blocks. Part of this is due to the structure of the molecules, but also because they are
Foods which contain unsaturated fats can b very high in energy or in other words calorie-dense. That being said, you should correctly monitor them to make sure you are implementing correct levels into your meal prep plan! Some examples of these foods include nuts, peanut butter, avocado, seeds, salmon, among many others. Although these are know as the “good fats”, they don’t necessarily have to be the ONLY fat. In the next blog we will talk about the importance of correct portioning between different fat source.