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Hidden Fat

March 13, 2018

There are associated benefits in consuming certain types of dietary fat, but too much fat intake, especially the bad type, can lead to health complications.

Fat is a nutrient needed to supply the body with fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E and K. Fat also acts as an insulator, a source of energy, adds flavor to food and gives you the feeling of fullness when eating.
Consuming too much saturated fat and trans fat can lead to increased “bad” cholesterol levels – LDL (low-density lipoprotein), clogging your arteries and leading to other health problems.

Consuming unsaturated fat reduces the risk of clogged arteries and other associated health problems.

Saturated Fat – Bad Fat: it is found in animal products like meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, coconut oil and palm oil.

Trans Fat – Very Bad Fat: made when liquid vegetable oil is transformed into a solid fat. It is found in foods like cookies, biscuits, pastries and crackers.

Unsaturated Fat – Good Fat: it is found in fish, shellfish, avocado, nuts and oils (vegetable, sesame, canola, olive).

On average, it is recommended that healthy adults consume between 25%-35% of calories from fat each day or 40-60 grams total fat per day. About 10-15 grams of total fat per day should come from saturated fat. Choose items with 0 trans fat. No one should consume more than 35% of calories from fat per day as it can lead to health problems.

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