Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

Temple Fit Episode #32, Date Aired 4/9/2014
“Good Fats vs. Bad Fats”

We are continuing the theme “Good Vs. Bad”. The Bible states, “I would that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2). Today, we’re discussing how to prosper in a world of fat. More specifically, we want to understand “good” fats vs. “bad” fats

Understanding What Fats Are

There are 6 classes of nutrients, and lipids are one of them.  Lipids that are solid at room temperature are called fats. Lipids that are liquid at room temperature are called oils. Mistakenly though, some people use the term “fats” for ALL lipids, both the solid ones and the liquids.

When people say “good fat or bad fat,” they are  usually referring to lipids as a whole. The job of lipids is to provide energy, promote growth and development, and regulate body processes.

The “Good” about Good Fats & the “Bad” about Bad Fats
  • “Bad” dietary fats increase disease risk. This includes heart disease and other chronic diseases.  They can also increase inflammation. Foods high in bad dietary fats include red meat, butter, cheese, and ice cream, as well as foods with processed fats (also called hydrogenation).

  • “Good” dietary fats lower disease risk.  Some are essential for proper nerve growth and development, while others have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help combat chronic disease. Foods high in good dietary fats include plant oils (such as olive and coconut oil), nuts, seeds, avocados, and fish.

Knowing What to Eat

It is most unlikely that the excess fat in your body is due to overeating good dietary fats. Therefore, here are a few tips to keeping a good balance:

Tips to striking a balance between good and bad fats in your diet:
  • Keep the bad fats SINGLE: When you are eating bad dietary fats, try not to eat more than one together (e.g. a burger and ice cream). 
  • SUPPORT the temple: If you decide to eat a bad dietary fat, pair it with temple supporters, such as fruits or vegetables (e.g. a burger with broccoli).  
  • SWAP it out: Look for opportunities to replace your frequent bad dietary fats with good dietary fats (e.g. swapping out the hamburger altogether for fish).

Here are links to our references, where you can find more tips:

I hope this devotion has EDUCATED you to keep your temple fit for God’s service.  Now that you know, share with someone you love.

~Dr. Asha

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