Park the notion that fat is bad. It is not. In fact, most of us aren’t eating enough of it.
Fat can help you lose weight, protect against heart disease, absorb vitamins and boost your immune system. Do you know which fats to eat and which to avoid?
These are the fats that have the worst reputation, and they’re found in animal fats and coconut oil.
Here’s the controversial bit - because it goes entirely against what we have been told for decades (and we are still being told by government agencies) - these saturated fats that you eat – the dietary saturated fats – don’t raise cholesterol.
The fats that are ‘bad’ are the trans fats, which cause cell membranes to become stiff and hard, and they no longer function correctly. Trans fats are harmful to cardiovascular health (they lower good cholesterol - & increase level of bad cholesterol). Some transfats are contained naturally in dairy products, but particularly in processed foods (i.e. hydrogenated oils, margarine).