Know Your Fats and Fried Foods

Consumer Voice - - Surakshit Khadya Abhiyantm -

Fried foods are with­out doubt de­li­cious to eat. Even the most health-con­scious in­di­vid­u­als find it dif­fi­cult to re­sist them. Con­sump­tion of fried foods is cer­tainly not the op­ti­mal way to build good health – they are full of fats and not only lead to weight gain but also in­crease the risk of oc­cur­rence of dis­eases such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion and hy­per­c­holes­terolemia. Yet, the hu­man body needs some fat in food. It is a ma­jor source of en­ergy and it helps the body ab­sorb some vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. The truth is that some fats are good and some are not. It also makes sense to opt for a cook­ing method that re­quires less oil ab­sorp­tion. Clearly then, con­sump­tion of fried foods has to be kept to a min­i­mum. A simpe un­der­stand­ing of the types of fats will make it eas­ier to make healthy choices.

Not all fats are un­healthy. In fact, fats are an es­sen­tial part of the cell mem­branes and plays a very im­por­tant role in sus­tain­ing the health of an in­di­vid­ual. Mo­noun­sat­u­rated fatty acid (MUFA) and polyun­sat­u­rated fatty acid (PUFA) are clas­si­fied as healthy fats.

These are plant-based fats that are proven to be health­ier than sat­u­rated fats. Re­searchers have found them to be healthy for the heart, although it’s ad­vis­able to limit the con­sump­tion of any type of fat.

Sources: Veg­etable oils, nuts and seeds

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