Good Fats, Bad Fats
Fat per se is not bad. It’s the type and quantity of fat that matters. Indeed, to function properly, our body needs an adequate and regular intake of fatty acids. These are stored in our body fat and constitute an energy reserve to draw from during prolonged physical exercise. In addition, fat does make food taste good.
In the vast universe of fatty acids, not all fats were created equal. What is important is to choose the right types and to control their amount.
Which fats are “bad”?
- Trans fats should be eliminated altogether from our diet. They are present in commercial products made with hydrogenated oil, such as shortening, most baked goods, snacks, etc. They are outright harmful to cardiovascular health. There are no trans fats in the SOS Cuisine meal plans because our recipes use fresh, unprocessed ingredients.
- Saturated fats should be limited in our diet: They are mainly found in animal fats such as fatty meats, butter and cheese. Saturated fats are usually solid at room temperature. They are present in the SOS Cuisine meal plans, but well below the amounts allowed by Health Canada.
What are “good fats”?
- Monounsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature and help reducing the level of “bad” cholesterol, a.k.a. “LDL”, which stands for “Low-Density Lipoprotein”. They are found in large quantity in olive and canola oils, avocado, nuts and peanuts.
- Polyunsaturated fats, including the famous omega-3: These fatty acids too lower the bad blood cholesterol. They can be found in fatty fish like salmon, trout, herring and sardines. Flaxseeds and omega-3 enriched eggs are also good sources.
So just relax and enjoy, because with SOS Cuisine you are in good hands and sure to minimize your intake of “bad fats” and to enjoy the health benefits and pleasure of “good fats”!
A few of our recipes which are sources of “good fats”:
- Avocado, Mango and Grilled Chicken Salad
- Cabbage and Apple Salad
- Grilled Salmon with Honey
- Sole Fillets Florentine-Style
- Vegetarian Chili with Tofu