FATS & OILS
ParentEdge|January - February 2021
– the more you know, the better for you and your family
Meera Srinivasan

I am continuously bombarded by friends, relatives and patients about oils and fats – What oil should I use? Should I change my oil? Should I avoid fat to lose weight? Is eating ghee ok? Is butter good for growing children? Since then, I also realized that many people seem to know only the brand of oil they buy and not the oil type! Most people still think all fats are bad .…..so I thought it will be good to summarise key messages in an article!

First some facts before we get to tips

• Remember ‘Good, Bad and the Ugly’? Fats too can be classified along such lines– based on how these fats affect our cholesterol levels. Many of us may be aware that we have good and bad cholesterol in our body, but unaware that this is linked to good and bad fats in the diet! Did you know that the good fat in our diet decreases bad cholesterol, bad fat increases the bad cholesterol and the ugly not only increases the bad cholesterol but also decreases the good one?

• The good fats are called PUFA and MUFA, you may have heard these names – they stand for polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats respectively. The bad fat is saturated fat (SAFA) and the ugly one is called trans-fat (TFA).

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