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Your Guide to Healthy Lifestyle

Understanding Fats

What are fats?

  • Fats are water insoluble compound that form part of every cell of the body, including brain, hormones, and nervous tissue.  Besides that, they play many important roles in the body, such as :
    • Being a carrier of fat soluble vitamin : A,D,E,K
    • Provides energy although not a preferred fuel source compared to carbohydrate.
    • Stored in body as adipose tissue (body fat) to protect vital organ and offer insulation
  • There are 4 types of dietary fats (polyunsaturated, monounsaturated  saturated, trans fat) contained in foods. They give different impacts to the health depends on type of fat consumed. Some may offer health benefits and some may increase risk of cardiovascular diseases.

good fat

bad fat

Myth and Facts About Fats

Myth: Since olive oil is healthful, I can use it during food preparation as much as I can without limit.

Fact: No, although they are healthy fat, they are still 100% energy dense. All type of fats provide the same amount of calorie (1 g contributes to 9kcal). Excessive intake of any fats (include good fats) may lead to weight problem.Therefore, rather than increase intake of good fats on top of the high fat food, they should be used as substitution for solids fats.


Nuts are good sources of PUFA, but should limit to the recommendation of 30g/day or a handful amount. They would be a better choice of snack compared to French fries.  Add nuts in salad and olive oil/ low fat yoghurt as salad dressing instead of mayonnaise /thousand islands.

Guest Columnist
Lai Huey Qin
B. Sc Dietetics, UPM


2 comments on “Understanding Fats

    March 28, 2013

    Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post
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    • haweong
      March 31, 2013

      Hi thanks for your advice. It works fine here. Please let me know if there are problems

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