Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

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If I were to tell you, you could change your body and become a healthier individual by incorporating fat into your diet, would you do it? All too often, we hear how bad fat is for us. Don't get me wrong, excess fat intake is bad for your health, we all know that. But there is a type of fat out there that can benefit your health. Below I am going to break down the types of fat listed on nutrition labels on our foods and help you make the correct decisions.
1st off, the good fats:

• Monounsaturated Fats – Also known as MUFAs. Monounsaturated Fats lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) while also increasing HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol). MUFAs help reduce your risk of heart disease, and help with insulin levels and controlling blood sugar. Some examples of foods containing higher amounts of MUFAs include olive oils, nuts, avocados, dark chocolates, and nuts.

• Polyunsaturated Fats – The fats also help lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Items such as salmon, corn, soy, safflower, fish oil, and sunflower oils are high in polyunsaturated fats. This is the group where Omega 3 fatty acids fall under.

The bad fats:

• Saturated Fats – These fats raise total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. For the most part, saturated fats are found in animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs. Saturated fats are also found in some plant foods such as coconut oils, palm oils, and palm kernel oils.

• Trans Fats – There has been lots of talk of these fats lately. These are found in most packaged foods, as well as fried foods like French fries and fried chicken. They are also found in popcorn and in some cooking additives such as shortening and hard stick margarine.

Reading food labels can be very confusing, no doubt. Hopefully, after this short read, you will be able to choose the healthier foods options. Remember, eating quality fat will not make you fat. In fact, it will help you burn fat. It is up to you to make the right choices about which fat you are putting into your body!
Sources:, American Council of Exercise

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