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There is a misconception when it comes to obtaining macros from certain sources. The misconception is, as long as the source contains it, it does not matter if it is consumed. This misconception is maybe most seen when it comes to consuming fats.

 

Fats are vital. They are very important. Where the fats come from however determine much of what kind of fats are being consumed. An analogy that one could use would be sushi. Sushi is a very popular food. It is also a food that can make people very ill if it is prepared wrong or the food is not kept right before it is served. One could go to a high-class sushi restaurant and order a plate of California rolls. One could easily assume that the chance of the sushi being ok to eat are greater than that than if someone was to go into a 7/11 and buy a plastic container of California rolls that have been sitting in a chiller for a few weeks. Just because they have the same name, does not mean that they hold the same amount of value to your body.

 

Fats are no different.

 

Fats can come from numerous places. Bad fats are those that fall under saturated and trans fats. Sources for these kinds of fats are pork, lamb, dark chicken meat, tropical oils, lard, margarine, baked goods, processed snack foods, and vegetable shortening to name a few. These are fat sources that will only have a negative effect on your health such as increasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels, increase risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

 

Good fats fall under monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Sources for these kinds of fats are nuts, peanut butter, avocado, fish (salmon, herring, trout), and canola oil. These fats help out with decreasing LDL cholesterol levels and increasing HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels. These fats also contain omega-3 fatty acids which are shown to have positive effects on heart health. Sources for these good fats can actually help in losing weight and providing sufficient energy levels, especially for active people.

 

So, you see, fat from one source is not always going to be the same kind of fat from another source. Where you get your fat is going to determine what effects and benefits (or lack of) that you will get for your body.

Always check your sources.