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Have you ever noticed that ‘Fats’ listed as part of a balanced diet? Why should fat be part of a diet when it’s bad for you? Well, not all fats are bad – some fats give you healthy skin, and some fats even prevent belly fat!

Saturated Fats is hard to avoid since it’s found in the common meals that we consume like dairy products and meat. It’s known raise cholesterol levels and increase your chances of heart disease. Consume saturated fats moderately, like leaving the skin or fat of the poultry you consume.
Trans Fats is should be avoided altogether. Made from chemically altered unsaturated fat  to prolong the shelf life of packaged foods, trans fats can clog your arteries and will raise your chances of heart diseases by 100 percent.

 

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Monounsaturated Fats 
Monounsaturated fats are good for you when eaten in moderation, and can reduce bad levels of cholesterol in your blood, while giving your body the nutrients for cell-development and to lower your risk of getting a stroke or heart attack. Researches also say that monounsaturated fats can even prevent belly fat.

Get your dose of monounsaturated fats from avocados, peanuts, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, almonds, olives, pecans, hazelnuts and in vegetable oils like olive and canola oil.

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Polyunsaturated Fats
Polyunsaturated fats can lower your cholesterol rate, and come in two forms – Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids, is an essential part of the human body to boost brain functions and helps strengthen your immune system. It can improve your mood and promote proper growth and development of the body. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids and can be obtained by food like tofu, salmon, herring, tuna, soybean, walnut and flax seed oils.

Omega-6 fatty acids is also important for growth and development, and heart and brain function. A study states that people should consume 5 to 10 percent of their total calories from omega-6 fatty acids. Small amounts of omega-6 fatty acids can promote healthy eyes and skin, but too much omega-6 can lead to heart disease. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in corn oil, corn-fed chicken, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm and grape seed oil. (Source)

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