Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Fats are the 3rd type of Macro Nutrient your body needs to function... that's right our body needs fat.
Dietary fats are essential to give your body energy, support cellular growth, aid hormone and chemical regulation along with keeping our body warm and protected.
So there are 4 main types of fats :
Poly unsaturated Fats.
These are split up into these groups based on their chemical structure and physical properties.
Saturated fats are simple molecules that are typically solid at room temperature. Saturated fats mostly come from animal sources like dairy and meat.
Trans Fats are primarily found in processed foods, deep fried foods, pies, pre-prepared packaged foods, margarine and some other spreads, as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature and solid when chilled. Sources of monounsaturated fats are olive, canola and peanut oils. Polyunsaturated fats are found in soybean, corn, some nuts, sunflower oils and fish.
Good Fats vs Bad Fats.
Typically "bad fats" are saturated fats and trans fats. These fats increase the level of 'bad' cholesterol in your blood. "Good fats" are the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats are the fats that are essential for lowering cholesterol, cell wall integrity, and often contain essential micro-nutrients. Examples of these essential micro nutrients are the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acid we need for brain growth and many other functions. We cant produce these ourselves so we must eat foods that have polyunsaturated fats, like fish.
All fats contain 9 calories per gram, looking at the benefits and the detriments for the foods is essential when deciding which fats to eat. So some fats are essential for growth and life. Other fats are for hangovers and treats after comp day.