Subcutaneous, good, and bad fat

Published Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2016 | Updated Date: Tuesday, 29th November 2016
Subcutaneous, good, and bad fat

Subcutaneous fat is fat that is found directly under the skin. It’s the fat that’s measured using skin-fold calipers to estimate our total body fat. Subcutaneous fat in the thighs and buttocks might not be as bad and may have some potential benefits. It may not cause as many problems as other types of fat such as visceral fat. However, subcutaneous fat cells on the belly could be dangerous if ignored completely.

Good fat & bad fat

Good fats refer to saturated fats that are found in meat, tropical oils, dairy products such as cheese, high-fat milk, curd, and butter. Saturated fats increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Bad fats refer to saturated fats and trans fats, which raise the total blood cholesterol levels and the LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol. Saturated fats are found in foods such as meat, dairy products, eggs, and sea food. Trans fats are found in packaged foods, fried foods, and other fast food snacks. Oils extracted from olives, groundnuts, sesame seeds, rapeseed, canola, and flaxseed contain a good quantity of Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA). MUFA protects the cardiovascular system.

Olive oil is the most popular choice as a heart-friendly oil since it is the richest in MUFA. It helps reduce LDL level (bad cholesterol). It is rich in squalene, which dilates blood vessels and reduces blood pressure. Squalene provides our tissues with oxygen. Further, it helps prevent arteriosclerosis. Olive oil contains compounds that lower cholesterol. Furthermore, unrefined, virgin olive oil is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E, and magnesium, all of which promote heart health.


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