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About fats

Today, the Lviv Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine talks about fats. "A gram of fat contains 9 kcal (for comparison: carbohydrates and proteins contain 4 kcal per gram). In order not to gain weight, just try not to exceed the daily caloric content of your diet," advises Jessica Cording, a nutritionist at a New York clinic. In addition, experts believe that a person needs to increase the amount of healthy fats in the diet to 20%. Previously, it was believed that 10% was quite enough. Like carbohydrates, fats are divided into those that are good for the body and those that are harmful. Saturated or solid fats are most often found in processed foods of animal origin. It is desirable to limit their number. But it is better to add products with unsaturated fats (nuts, vegetable oils, salmon, avocado) to the daily diet, they will benefit the body. Saturated fat can actually raise blood cholesterol. While polyunsaturated fatty acids (contained in sunflower seeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, tuna, walnuts), on the contrary, reduce it. Fats are usually grouped together, but the different types differ significantly from each other. Saturated fats (contained in products of animal origin, palm oil) are deposited in subcutaneous fat in problem areas. But the most dangerous today are trans fats (margarine, fast food, sweets and some processed products) - they are the ones that lead to problems with the heart and blood vessels, to obesity and disruptions in the work of the endocrine system. Poly- and monounsaturated fats have a positive effect on the non-cardiovascular system and are quickly absorbed by the body. Fats are an important dietary source of energy and healthy fats


When cooking, you should preferably use fats that contain unsaturated and saturated fatty acids (olive, sunflower, rapeseed, corn oils).

ü It is advisable to limit the consumption of animal fats (butter and lard), as well as vegetable fats with a high content of saturated fatty acids.

ü You should completely abandon the purchase and consumption of products that contain trans fats (partially hydrogenated vegetable fats, confectionery and cooking fat). Eat deliciously and be healthy!!!

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