Saturday, July 10, 2010

Spot the difference ; A guide to fat.





Spot the difference ; A guide to fat.

Trans Fat

What is it ?
This is a potentially deadly fat formed when liquid oils are chemically hardened with hydrogen. It is widespread in many processed foods, such as popcorn and ice-cream through to chips and cakes.(you can see the label in goods)such as biscuits and pantries. Unless the say "all butter" or state that they are wholly made with an alternative fat, then they could contain trans fat. to avoid it, don't buy any food that list these ingredients like 'vegetable fat','margerine'or vegetable fat.

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil/fat

What is it?
This has been chemically hardened using hydrogen. This process creates trans fat, which is to be avoided.

Saturated Fat

What is it?
Found naturally in animal foods such as milk, butter and meat and in some plant foods such as nuts and cocoa butter.It is now widely agreed that saturated fat is less harmful than trans fat.

Polyunsaturated Fat

What is it?
A healthy fat that occur naturally in many foods. The richest sources are seeds, nuts and oily fish.Can be divided into 2 types : Omega-3s and Omega-6s. It is tough that the ideal balance of these fats for good health is three times more omega-3 than omega-6.

Monounsaturated fat

What is it?
A healthy fat this is found naturally in a number of plant and animal foods. Good sources include avacado,olive oils,almonds,eggs and lamb(lamb chop yang sedap).

Source : NST Tuesday Juy 6,2010.Life and Times-Healthy

So what should you do,.?!if you are worried about trans fat, you will need to become your own food detective and avoid foods that contain them.

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