Is there such thing as good fat? Is there such thing as good fat?

Is there such thing as good fat?

Armony in health 14 April, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


In the world of fats, which often have a negative reputation, it is important to understand that there are different types of fats that affect our health in different ways.

While the excess consumption of fat is harmful to the health of our hearts, eliminating it completely from our diets is not a good idea as the energy of our body and mind depends greatly on it.

So-called “bad fats” are those animal-based fats such as red meats, processed meats, butter, whole milk and products made with trans or hydrogenated fats like potato chips.

Nutritionist and doctor Gloria Patricia Abad Vélez considers good fats to be polyunsaturated fats (which protect heart health) and monounsaturated fats (which help reduce bad cholesterol); these include fish and -specifically- salmon, which “…contain fats that are very healthy for our cardiovascular system.” She also recommends foods that are rich in omega 3 and 6, olive oil and other vegetable oils such as canola and sunflower oil. Reusing these oils to fry is not recommended as they lose their beneficial properties.

Learn what fats are good for your health in the video below, as well as what their recommended daily amounts are.