INFRA Skills promotes a holistic health approach, especially in the infrastructure sector, where safety is paramount. We educate and guide individuals on fat consumption. Additionally, understanding ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fats is crucial in our diet. This article provides insights into taking control of fats for a healthier lifestyle, empowering you to manage it effectively.
Unravelling the Risks:
The journey to manage fat intake starts with understanding the associated risks. Excess saturated and trans fats can raise cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Knowing these risks can catalyse changes in your fat consumption patterns.
Decoding the Types of Fats:
Various types of fats include saturated, trans, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. Limiting saturated and trans fats is recommended as they raise “bad” (Non-HDL) cholesterol. In contrast, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including Omega 3, help lower harmful cholesterol levels and promote heart health.
Embracing Incremental Changes:
Small, consistent changes can yield significant results. Consider opting for low-fat or fat-free versions of your favourite foods. Moreover, swap butter with lower-fat alternatives or vegetable oil spreads like sunflower, olive, or rapeseed oil. Additionally, switch from whole milk to 1% milk. Opt for leaner, reduced-fat varieties of meats, or substitute red meat with fish, turkey, skinless chicken, or plant-based proteins like lentils.
Evaluating the Hidden Fats:
Hidden fats often lurk in everyday items stocked in your cupboards. Processed foods such as sausages, burgers, and kebabs often contain added fats. Furthermore, ready-made pasta, curries, and stir-fries sauces might add extra fat to your meals. Choose low-fat options or prepare your dressings and spices at home to combat this.
If you find it challenging to manage your fat intake, don’t hesitate to seek support. Additionally, you can consult your doctor or health associations like the British Heart Foundation for personalised advice. Moreover, at INFRA Skills, our Occupational Health Nurses are readily available to provide support, guidance, and resources to aid you in taking control of fats effectively.
At INFRA Skills, fostering a healthy and safe work environment is central to our ethos. To achieve this, managing fat intake effectively plays a vital role. You can make informed dietary choices by understanding the risks associated with unhealthy fat consumption. Identifying different types of fats, such as saturated, trans, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, will help you make healthier choices. Making incremental changes in your eating habits, like opting for low-fat or fat-free alternatives, can significantly improve your overall health.
What risks are associated with excessive fat consumption?
Excessive consumption of saturated and trans fats can lead to high cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart diseases and strokes. Understanding these risks is critical to managing your fat intake effectively.
Can you explain the different types of fats and their impact on health?
Fats are categorised into saturated, trans, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated types. Saturated and trans fats raise ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. However, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, including Omega 3, can help lower harmful cholesterol levels and promote heart health.
What lifestyle modifications can help manage fat intake?
Small changes can make a significant difference. Consider choosing low-fat or fat-free versions of your favourite foods, swap butter with lower-fat alternatives or vegetable oil spreads, switch from whole milk to 1% milk, and replace red meat with fish, turkey, skinless chicken, or plant-based proteins like lentils.
How do INFRA Skills assist in managing fat intake?
INFRA Skills offers the assistance of our Occupational Health Nurses, who can provide the necessary support, guidance, and resources to help you effectively manage your fat intake.