More than a million women have coronary heart disease (CHD) in the UK. Knowing more about good and bad fats can help prevent heart trouble
THE ‘FAT-FREE’ WEIGHT-LOSS MANTRA of the 1980s and 1990s is outdated. Nutrition experts now agree it’s necessary to include small amounts of healthy fats, such as monounsaturates, polyunsaturates and omega-3 fats, in your diet.
• Monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, rapeseed oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, help lower LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, which can clog arteries and increase the risk of heart attack.
• Polyunsaturated fats, found in vegetable oils and margarines, also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
• Omega-3 fats, found in oil-rich fish such as salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna, lower triglyceride levels in the blood (a type of fat), raised levels of which are linked to heart disease. They also help prevent blood clots forming, which can block blood vessels and cause heart attack or stroke. Eat two to three portions a week.
It’s fat around the stomach that’s linked to heart disease