Saturated Fats VS Unsaturated: Do you know the difference?

As you know, there are many “food” options handed to you on a daily basis that do not provide you with the much needed nutrients required for energy, healthy muscle development and tissue growth. Unfortunately, most processed foods and fast food options provide more empty calories and saturated fats than they do vitamins and minerals. This is why most Americans can experience a deficiency of vitamins in their bodies, especially from a lack of fruits and vegetables in their diets, even if they eat regularly. One problem stems from the fact that accessing food is too easy. Because of this, and because of schedules, most people are so busy that they opt for foods that are readily available rather than those that are nutritious and complete.

A poor diet can increase immunity issues, weight gain, digestive problems, disease exposure, and weakness. Most cancers are linked to a poor diet. Heart disease is certainly connected to a diet that is high in saturated fat and cholesterol. A high sodium diet affects blood pressure, and a high sugar diet modifies the health of your immune system - which can eventually cause type 2 diabetes. This is why it is important to learn more about health and nutrition if you want to decrease your exposure to these life altering illnesses and diseases.

Saturated fats, or the fats that are found in whole dairy products such as: cream, butter and cheese, as well as in some meats, lard, coconut oil and palm oil are typically solid at room temperature. These fats will raise your cholesterol levels. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are considered healthier fats since they do not increase LDLs and can raise your HDLs (high-density lipoproteins). Nuts, avocados, fish, and plant-based and vegetable-based oils (i.e. olive, canola, peanut, and sesame oils), which are liquid at room temperature, are unsaturated fats.

Of course, like most things, moderation is key! Although if you can commit to a healthy lifestyle and avoid saturated fats the results will prove within the way you feel and function. Remember to read food labels, and see a nutritionist for more information. InShapeMD can help you begin your healthy lifestyle journey! Call today at 410-569-3030 or visit online to schedule your first free initial consultation.

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