FATS: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
It’s a word no one wants to talk about. It’s a word no one wants to be.
The grocery store shelves are lined with low-fat and no-fat alternatives, so it is no surprise that we all try to avoid fat at all costs. However – amidst all of those bad fats are actually some good, healthy fats that are essential for basic function and development. It is important to be informed about differences between the good fats and the bad fats so you can make a wise choice when planning your grocery list and more importantly - the future of your health.
The Good Fat.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are good fats. These fats can lower bad cholesterol levels in addition to lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke. They provide essential fatty acids that your body needs, but cannot produce itself. And the great news…. Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil has one of the highest combinations of good fats when compared to other cooking oils. Check out the graph below that shows how our product compares to other oils you may use.
These fats are essential for supporting multiple body functions. For example, some vitamins must have fat to dissolve so they can be used by your body. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are also macronutrients that provide energy for your body. The sunflower contains high levels of both types of good fat, which can be extremely beneficial for your health. Simply Sunflower is a wise choice when it comes down to the beneficial fat content in cooking oil.
The Bad Fat.
Saturated fat is the bad fat that we want to stay away from. Saturated fat can raise bad cholesterol levels and lower good cholesterol levels. It can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil has the lowest saturated fat content compared to many commonly used oils.
Looking at the chemical structure, saturated fats are simply fat molecules that do not have any double bonds between carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. The American Heart Association recommends an intake of no more than 120 calories of saturated fat daily. Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil contains only 1.4g of saturated fat per serving. That is a minimal 7% of a daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet, whereas other oils may contain over 80% of your maximum suggested saturated fat content in only one serving. Simply Sunflower is a wise choice when it comes to it's low saturated fat content!
The Ugly Fat.
Trans fat is the ugly fat that the American Heart Association recommends consuming as little as possible. Trans fat can raise bad cholesterol levels, lower good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil has ZERO trans fat. Yes, ZERO trans fat. This makes our oil stand out among the rest!
Looking at a nutritional facts label can be very confusing if you do not know what to look for. Understanding the difference between the good, the bad, and the ugly fats can help you make better choices when you purchase groceries. We hope you make a wise choice and purchase Simply Sunflower All Natural Oil when you go grocery shopping!
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