Fats are essential for health. They are a major source of energy in our body and support cellular good health. Some fats contribute to keep your heart healthy and prevent illnesses but it is necessary to distinguish between these “Good” health-benefiting fats from the “Bad” fats that do not offer any health benefit.
The “good” fats are called UNSATURATED and there are two types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Olive oil is composed of monounsaturated fatty acids and it is the main product containing them. This type of healthy fats can be found to a lesser extent in some other food like nuts, avocados and oily fish.
The “bad” fats are saturated and trans fats. These not only increase the cholesterol levels but also favour the appearance of illnesses such us obesity. The “bad” fats can be found in butter, full fat dairy products, red meat and food with partially hydrogenated fat such as bakery products or fast food.