What is Healthy Fats?
- Jul 17, 2017
Many consumers associate fat with weight gain; however, this does not explain the full picture as not all fats are the same. Even though fat gives more calories per gram in comparison to carbohydrates/protein (9 calories per gram compare to 4 calories per gram), fat is an essential element to humans to keep our skin healthy, deliver fat-soluble vitamins, and use for energy.  As much as calories matter, what is more important is where they are coming from. Choosing the correct fat is necessary to maintain a lean and healthy body.
The good fats consist of polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. They differ from trans fat and saturated fat, which is consider as the not healthy fat, by differentiating with fewer hydrogen atoms to their carbon chains. Healthy fats are liquid at room temperature whereas unhealthy fats are solid. Also, unsaturated fats have double bonds, which cause a bend at the location of the double bond.  This kink helps the healthy fat to not stack and decrease the potential for arteries blockage. Monounsaturated fats raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol) which reduces the risk of obesity and other heart related diseases. Also, they are a good source of vitamin E, which further advance the balancing of cholesterol and repairing of damage skins.  Polyunsaturated fats are essential fats as your body cannot naturally produce them. These healthy fats are known to lower cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, especially when substituting for saturated fats. Studies have shown that a sufficient intake of omega-3s, a type of polyunsaturated fat, can help prolong the life of a human by 2.2 years.  On the other hand, saturated fats are related to increasing the risk of cancer and obesity.  The dietary guidelines recommend limiting these fats to less than 10% of your total daily calories intake.
After establishing the importance of healthy fats, we will explore on what kind of foods provide such nutrition. Food sources that are rich in monounsaturated fats include olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, nuts, and seed.  You can find polyunsaturated fats in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils. In SusPro Protein Bars, we incorporate high quality Non-GMO canola oil + a mixed of seeds in order to provide valuable healthy fats to our consumers.
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