HEALTHY FATS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET: OUR DIETITIAN SERIES

HEALTHY FATS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET: OUR DIETITIAN SERIES

HEALTHY FATS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET: OUR DIETITIAN SERIES

Added 1092 days ago. 25 February 2021

Our in-house Dietitian, Emily, discusses which healthy fats we can be eating as part of our diet and discusses their importance. Discover more here.

In our latest video, our in-house dietitian, Emily Stuart, provides an insightful discussion into the importance of healthy fats in our diet.

What is fat?

Fat is one of three macronutrients, along with carbohydrate and protein, that we need as part of a balanced diet to ensure good health. Fat, in small quantities, is good for us to include within our diet as it provides us with energy, essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins that are key for optimum functioning of the body.

Unsaturated vs saturated: what’s the difference?

As Emily explains, there are two main types of fats in our diet, unsaturated fats and saturated fats. Most foods contain a mixture of both these types of fats, but they each have different chemical structures which result in different functions in the body. Too much saturated fat can result in higher levels of non-HDL cholesterol, often known as the bad cholesterol, which can lead to various health issues. This kind of fat can be found in foods such as butter, lard, coconut oil and fatty meats. Whereas food such as nuts, seeds, oily fish, vegetable oil and avocados are rich in unsaturated fats, often referred to as 'healthy fats'. 

How can I reduce my saturated fat intake?

How do I know which meals contain which fat?

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