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The healthy fats and you

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  • Writer: Assoc Prof Dittakarn Boriboonhirunsarn
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Doctors and nutritionists always insist that a low-fat diet is key to losing weight, managing cholesterol and preventing health problems. 

But, in fact, more than just the amount of fat, it's the types of fat you eat that really matter. The fact is that all fats are not equal and they are not equally bad for your health.

While "bad" fats increase cholesterol and your risk of certain diseases, there are many "healthy" fats that can reduce total cholesterol, promote good cholesterol, and be a part of a heart-healthy diet. So, you don't need to completely eliminate all fat from your diet to be healthy, but the secret is to focus on the right fats. "Good fats" are "unsaturated" fats. Many studies find that these fats help reduce total cholesterol while raising the "good" cholesterol, called high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. And a large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that having a higher HDL level reduces the risk of heart disease and might also reduce the chances of plaque building up in the blood vessels.

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