You must have been asking yourself – how does diet fat affect blood cholesterol? Well, in order to understand that, you must first find out that there are three main types of fats in food and they have different effects on the blood cholesterol:
Saturated fat is generally found in red meats and red meat products such as pork, lamb and beef, but it is also found in dairy products such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil. Also, vegetable oils that have gone through the process of hydrogenation (making them solid at room temperature) have a great concentration of saturated fats.
Monounsaturated fats are found in plant oils such as peanut, canola and olive oil. These monounsaturated fats are hard when the temperature drops bellow room temperature, but they are most of the times liquid.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in plant oils such as soybean, sunflower, safflower or corn oil. Cold-water fish contains a special type of polyunsaturated fat called omega-3 fat and it protects against heart disease by slowing blood clotting. At colder temperatures, polyunsaturated fats usually remain liquid.
What fats will raise my cholesterol levels?
Ok, now that you know which type is which, you want more info on which fats are healthy for you, and which are not. Well, all fats are concentrated sources of calories that contribute to gain gain (and of course, high blood cholesterol levels), but saturated fat is the most harmful type of fat. The main cause of high blood cholesterol levels remains saturated fat. The surplus of cholesterol made when you eat too much saturated fat, ends up in your blood.
Is there a fat that will help lower my cholesterol levels?
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats help lower blood cholesterol by helping your body to get rid of most of the newly formed cholesterol. It is not recommended to use unsaturated fats in addition to saturated fats. Actually, it is highly recommended to make changes in your diet so that you end up substituting saturated fat with unsaturated fat.
However, saturated or unsaturated, all fats are high in calories. Fat contains nine calories per gram, in comparison with protein and carbohydrates which contain only four calories per gram. Remember that if you start gaining weight (even by just using a large amount of unsaturated fats) your body will start backfiring and you will push up your own cholesterol levels.
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