There are several different kinds of fats. Fats that are good for
you, and fats that are bad.
The worst kind of fats are called saturated fats. They are the worst kind because
they raise your choleterol level. Meat is responsible for nearly one third of the
saturated fats we weat. They are also in butter, cheese, ice cream, and products made of
butterfat like milk. These saturated fats don't come just from animals however. They are
also in three vegetable oils: coconut oil, palm oil, and palm-kernel oil. It is best to
try and avoid saturated fats. They are harmful to your body.
These kinds of fats are in the middle. It can change
from good to bad, depending on the circumstances. The good side is that polyunsaturated
fats can actually help lower blood pressure raised from saturated fats. These fats include
corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, and conttonseed oil. On the other side of things,
polyunsaturated fat margarine contains extra ingredients such as stabilizers, emuslifiers,
These fats are a lot better for you to eat. They
include olive oil, and peanut butter. You might also find mono-fats in plant foods like
beans, grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The mono-fats have great benifits. Their
choleterol level is significanlty lower than that of both saturated and polyunsaturated
Every cell in your body is built from protein. It
makes up the essential building blocks of your muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, blood, and
lymph. Your hair and fingernails consist of fibers of a protein called keratin. Collagen
is a protein which strengthens your skin, blood vessels, bones, teeth and provides glue
that binds the cells in various organs and tissues. Your mucles are made up of fibers of
protein called myosin and actin. Protein also helps regulate the balance of water and
acids in your body.