In most modern low carbohydrate weight loss diets, no distinction is made between good fats and bad fats. All fats are generally lumped together; the goal is simply to reduce carbohydrates and not worry about fats. But you should worry about fats. Not all fats are created equal, and the impact of fat on blood cholesterol-and the odds of developing heart disease-can’t be ignored. The problem is, fats are confusing for many people trying to make good dietary decisions. For one thing, many of them sound alike. How are saturated fats different from monounsaturated – or even polyunsaturated – fats? How are omega 6 fats different from the omega 3 variety?
- Monounsaturated fats are good. They’re found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados; are known to lower blood cholesterol; and help prevent artery logging or atherosclerosis. Continue reading