IF YOU are going on a diet, you may think that fat should never pass your lips.
But it's not all fat that's the enemy, just the type of fat you are eating.
Udo Erasmus, a doctor of nutrition and author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, said essential fats found in fatty fish, nuts, seeds and their oils, actually help to burn fat and reduce bloating by helping the kidneys eliminate excess water from tissues.
The correct intake of essential fatty acids is two (omega 3) to one (omega 6) and at levels of about 10 to 15% of our energy intake, he said.
Certainly we need fats in our diet to help us absorb nutrients and maintain the health of cell membranes, skin and nerves. Fat is important for carrying fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and certain antioxidants.
The best fats to eat are monounsaturated such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, avocadoes and olive oil and polyunsaturated fats such as fish oil as well as non-GM soy, safflower and sunflower oils.
Saturated fats, found in processed and takeaway food, marbled meats and high fat dairy products, are best minimised by anyone who wants to maximise their health and shrink their waistline.
A simple rule: If it's deep-fried, forget it.