Fats are an essential part of our diet and one of the nutrients that we cannot live without. There are a lot of people who don’t know that there are ‘GOOD’ fats and there are ‘BAD’ fats.
Consuming too many bad fats have been shown to increase the risk of diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. However, where there is bad, there is always good and the fats that are good have been proven to be extremely beneficial for us.
The bad fats are known as saturated and trans fat which go through a process called hydrogenation, which is used to create artificial fats. Hydrogenation is sometimes used in the food manufacturing industry to improve the shelf life and culinary properties of foods.
Saturated fats are slightly different to trans fat because they are more readily found in natural food and it does not go through the same process as trans fat. As stated, trans fats and hydrogenated fats typically are manufactured although some natural foods may contain small doses. They are used in processed food and have been found to increase the risk of high cholesterol and coronary heart disease.
Therefore, consuming trans and hydrogenated fats are not advised. Generally, we should shy away from consuming processed foods with additive’s, preservatives and other materials, which have been show to be extremely detrimental to our health.
As shocking as it seems the normal population aren’t the only ones who consume a lot of process foods, some well known athletes and teams still do not understand the importance of the correct nutrition which is not only detrimental to their overall health, but their performance too.