Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Need To Distinguish Between Good And Bad Fats

Just as there are good and bad carbs there are also good and bad fats.  For some of you this may be old news but there may be a reader or two out there who is not familiar with this very important distinction.  I read that the Atkins Diet until recently did not distinguish between good and bad fats which led droves of low carbers to consume huge portions of saturated animals fats (yes thats the type that the doctors warn you against).  In fact if you look at the daily recommendations for the Atkins Diet you will see an average day consisting of everything from slabs of bacon, to fried eggs and rump steak.  Conversely, unsaturated fats are those found in certain, types of fish, vegetables such as avocados, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and nuts such as wall nuts.  Unsaturated fats are the cornerstone of other low carb diets such as The Cheat Day Diet, and The South Beach Diet, and are almost universally endorsed by Dieticians and nutritionists alike.
Okay now this is where things get really confusing!  There is a plethora of articles out there showing that Low Carb Diets even those high in saturated fats such as the Atkins Diet actually help in lowering L.D.L's or bad cholesterol.  Consumption of Saturated Fats To Lower Cholesterol? 
So whats the answer here?  Should you be gorging yourself on bacon, eggs and butter at every meal?  I think the answer to that is an unequivocal no. With that being said it does appear that if you keep your consumption of carbohydrates extremely low the potential increase in your L.D.L's is little if any and it may even lower your L.D.L's.
Take a look at the article and spend some time jumping around the net, I'm sure in no time you will have a great understanding of the distinction amongst fats and be able to tailor your consumption to your specific needs.  Have a great day, happy dieting!

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