[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ften given a bad name, fats can be a good addition to anyone’s daily diet. In fact, one should never, completely, cut good fats out from everyday meal plans as they are very essential for your body.
While some bad fats may pose grave risk of cardiovascular diseases, others may shield your heart. An important source of essential fatty acids and concentrated energy, fats are full of fat-soluble vitamins, they assist in cooking too and also keep hunger pangs at bay.
Today, a re-known Diet Consultant Munisha Bhanot tells us about the top 5 fats that help in lowering cholesterol.
Best oils for low-cholesterol cooking: All the oils and fats have some good qualities for our health. So we should not stick to one type of oil or fat for cooking.
The low cholesterol cooking oils are olive, canola, sesame oils and mustard oil. Good quality oil is also found in avocados and avocado oil, nuts and their oils, corn, cottonseed, and safflower oils; sunflower seeds and sunflower oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil; soybeans and soybean oil; tub margarine and soft spreads; and seafood.
Monounsaturated fats are the healthiest fats: There are two types of cholesterol – one type of cholesterol clogs our arteries, it is known as bad cholesterol or LDL and other type helps in removing these clogs, it is known as good cholesterol or HDL.
Monounsaturated fats decrease your total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (good) cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats, therefore, help lower the risk of heart diseases. Olive oil has 75% of monounsaturated fat. Examples of monounsaturated fats are macadamia nuts (80% of fat is monounsaturated), avocados (71%), almonds (70%), canola oil (59%), and peanuts and peanut oil (46%).
Other sources are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, natural peanut butter, pecans, pistachios, sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Polyunsaturated fats may also be somewhat healthy: A polyunsaturated fat has good cholesterol but it decreases your total blood cholesterol by lowering both the LDL (bad) cholesterol and the HDL (good) cholesterol. Because of this reason we should use them in moderation.
The good sources of polyunsaturated fats can be found in corn oil, mayonnaise, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil, hempseed, hempseed oil, soybean oil, and pistachios.
Liquid plant oils should be your best bet for daily use: It is general tendency to use butter or ghee for cooking and baking. But butter and ghee are high sources of bad cholesterol or LDL.
They increase risk of heart diseases by clogging your arteries. So, to prevent this we should use vegetable oils like soya oil, sesame oil, canola, olive, mustard oil etc. for cooking and baking. These oils have high level of good cholesterol HDL and lower our LDL levels.
Meat fats also help in lowering cholesterol:However, it is important that one reduces the fat content of meat.
There are many quick ways to reduce the fat content of meat.
First, always buy lean cuts of meat.
Before cooking, remove and cut the all visible fats for example remove the skin from chicken because there are fat deposits just below the skin.
If you want to make broth or soup then chill meat broth and dripping. This will help fat to rise and solidify. Remove this fat before using broth and dripping.
Applicable to Meat or Non-Meat foods: Avoid frying as fried food has maximum number of calories. Instead of frying, you can grill, roast, steam, broil, and stir fry etc.