The primary source of all the energy that is derived from food is supplied by the essential nutrient – Fat. Then why is fat not considered to a good thing? The explanation to this is that, there are two kinds of fats- ones that are harmful for the body and the others that are helpful for the body.
Those that are helpful supply the needed energy and also help in maintaining the standard cholesterol levels. But those that are harmful only cause damage to the body by increasing the bad cholesterol and cause heart diseases or obesity. The unhealthy fats include the saturated and the Trans fat; while the healthier options are the unsaturated fats, which have two types – the monounsaturated and the polyunsaturated.
In fact, the Mediterranean diet, inspired by which foodie Naman Wakil is about to start a restaurant soon, uses the monounsaturated fat a lot and is being referred to as the way to stay away from heart troubles and obesity.
The MUFAS or monounsaturated fats have many advantages and benefits to its acclaim. They appear in the liquid state when at room temperature, and just like wate,r become solid when chilled. Olive oil is the most easily available and popular source of this monounsaturated fat. Avocadoes and nuts follow in the line of its sources. Some of the benefits that can be derived from this type of fats are:
- Reduces the risks of Breast Cancer
- Reduces the levels of bad cholesterol – in fact its consumption has been prescribed to improve the lipid profile of your blood.
- Reduces the risks of cardiac arrests and other heart diseases
- Reduces weight considerably and helps in maintaining that reduced weight
- Reduces the severity of the stiffness and pain being endured by patients of rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduces belly fat to a great extent.
The MUFAS are a good and healthy alternative to the hydrogenated or Trans fats as well as refined polyunsaturated fats. All processed foods like margarine and the like have high contents of these unhealthy fats which cause fatal damages to the body. It is no wonder that more and more people are now switching onto healthier eating options such as a balanced diet, the one that is an ideal meal according to a food enthusiast Naman Wakil .
Even though these fats are better options than the unhealthy fats, it does not mean that you can consume unaccounted quantities of these. You definitely have to keep a check on the intake amount of these too. These fats are unable to provide the same kind of energy as the saturated fats, but the polyunsaturated fat supplies you with something that your body cannot make on its own – the omega 3 fatty acids. It is an essential fatty acid that the body requires to maintain a healthy functioning.
Even though the name fats these days brings a frown to most foreheads, but you can surely educate each other about the healthy fats you have learnt about and start incorporating them in your daily diet plans, and live a healthy life.