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Saturated vs. Unsaturated Fat


This post is inspired by Adrienne and motivated by Bill from Prime Climb. Adrienne asked me if there is a difference between eating saturated fat and unsaturated fat, if one is better for you then the other. The answer is… YES! Before I start, I want to be clear in saying that too much fat, regardless of the kind, is bad for you. Fat is fat. Saturated fat, primarily from animal meat is more difficult for you body to break down. Saturated fats turn into Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL’s) and can cause an increase in damage to your cells as they get “stuck” to other fat or area’s of damage in your body. Unsaturated fat, that is rich in omega 3’s and omega 6’s can increase your bodies ability to make High Density Lipoproteins (HDL’s). HDL’s grab ahold of “bad fats” and help remove them from your blood. By using fats rich in omega 3’s and omega 6’s (olive oil) instead of saturated fats (butter) over time may help decrease the risk of cardiac problems. A good tip to get in the habit of it is reading the labels on things, trying not to consume more than one serving size at a time. This will help you not inadvertently consume too much fat. Although you may not see it on your body, too much fat on the regular basis can lead to problems later on down the line, such as heart attack or stroke.

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September 5th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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