PUFA, MUFA, DHA, ALA and EPA. Confused? Understand these diet acronyms.
FATS – We love to hate them. But contrary to popular belief, fat is not all that bad for the body. There are good fats and bad fats. Smart eating involves knowing what is good and what is bad.
Fats are of three types – trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. While saturated and trans fat are termed bad for their property of increasing bad cholesterol levels, unsaturated fats like poly unsaturated fats and mono unsaturated fats are good and are known to reduce cholesterol levels.
Poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
PUFA, also known as omega-3 and omega-6, are essential fatty acids that need to be taken through food, as the body is incapable of producing these. These fats remain liquid at room temperature, unlike saturated fats that are solid.
PUFA is present in food items like soya bean, tofu, kidney beans, safflower oil, olive oil, walnuts, kale and flaxseeds. PUFA helps in the proper functioning of the body and keeps critical illnesses at Continue reading “Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat” »