Fats

Fats

Fats are important for good health and proper functioning of the body. They are an important source of energy, they enhance the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and build all our cell membranes. Our brains are mainly made of fats.

A balanced intake of fats is important, as too little or too much, or the wrong type of fat, may negatively affect our health. Adults should get a recommended 20-35% of their energy intake from fat. Less than 10% should come from saturated fat, and trans-fats should be avoided.


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Saturated fat may not be associated with a greater health risk whilst trans fat could have a role

09 March 2015

A team of researchers from Canada conducted a large study on the health effects of both saturated and trans fatty acid consumption. They combined data from 70 previously conducted...


Omega-6 fatty acids associated with lower risks of heart disease and death

10 February 2015

Two international groups of researchers have independently studied the effects of omega-6 fatty acids on the risks of death and coronary heart disease...


Palm oil (Q&A)

20 September 2013

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil produced from the pulp of the fruits of palms and that is solid at room temperature. 


Trans fats and cardiovascular health: What is the current situation?

08 June 2013

Dutch researchers from the department of Health Sciences and the EMGO Institute for Health Care Research of VU University, in Amsterdam, and the Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen...


Algal oil as a possible source of omega-3 fatty acid DHA to improve blood lipids in people without heart disease

30 October 2012

Supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from algal oil may lower blood triglycerides (TG) and increase both high-density (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol...


Eating any food sources of omega-3 fats may be beneficial for health

07 December 2011

Eating plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids may be as beneficial for health as eating fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids, suggests a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition...