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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
April 2, 2017
Fat – we all have it, and in fact we need it. Did you know that some fat in our diet is good? Fat helps us to absorb fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) and provides us with energy. We must also get ‘essential fats’ from our diet, as our body can’t make them.
That said, not all fats are created equal. There are three main types of fat in food and they all have different effects on our health:
Slash the saturated fat!
Saturated fat contributes to blockages in our arteries and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. There are simple swaps you can make to reduce your saturated fat intake.
Reduce saturated fat during the workday using these simple swaps:
Up the unsaturated fat
Yes, some fat is GOOD! Increase your intake of healthy fats with these tips:
We all need some fat in our diet (but not too much). The type of fat we eat can affect our risk of cardiovascular disease differently. Use the table below to pick your fats wisely:
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***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.