Most people believe that consuming fat equals raising the level of cholesterol in the body and lead to health issues. It is all about balance, excessive calories cause health problems but just like carbohydrates and proteins, fat is a type of nutrient required by the body.
The good fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad fats on the other side include artificial trans fats and saturated fats; they increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart conditions. Saturated fats can be consumed in moderation and are found in chicken skin, red meat, tropical oils, butter among others. Some of the benefits associated with fats in the bodies include absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Healthy fats are essential for gut health, especially coconut oil, it has lauric and capric fatty acids which are antibacterial and help the body eliminate Candida which causes fungal infections. Fat and oils are not only important in your diet but can also be used as home remedies to eliminate conditions such as nail fungus. Such oils include Tea tree essential oil, coconut oil, clove oil, cinnamon oil among others. Due to the effectiveness of these oils in fighting fungus, a team of researchers combined a number of them into one topical treatment known as ZetaClear to completely deal with the infection.
Where do we find fats in our foods?
There are different types of fats as mentioned earlier in this article and each can be found in different kind of foods. Monounsaturated fats are found in foods such as avocado, olive oil, peanuts, and rapeseed. Polyunsaturated are found commonly in plants such as nuts, vegetable oils, seeds and in some seafood. The oil present in plants has omega 6 while the oils from seafoods such as oily fish contain omega 3, which are essential fatty acids. Artificial oils are created through heating or chemical structural change and are unhealthy. Some amount of natural Trans fats can be found in beef, milk and is concentrated in cheese.