You probably know that you should not consume too much fat. But is fat all bad? What else should you know about this nutrient? Read on to find out
Are there different types of fat? Yes, there are 4 types of fat:
Trans fat is formed when vegetable oils undergo hydrogenation, an industrial process that hardens liquid oil to produce fats like hard margarine and shortening. Trans fat raises LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowers HDL (good) cholesterol levels, thus increasing the risk of heart disease. The main sources of trans fat in our diet are pastries, cakes, cookies, biscuits, commercially deep-fried food as well as products containing vegetable-shortening and hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils.
Oil is an ingredient present in all our daily meals. That's why it is important to make sure the cooking oil you use is healthy.
Like most foods, oils contain a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fats.
Picking healthier oils can be tricky. Not all plant-based oils are healthy, and many blended oils can be high in saturated fat.
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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