Fat has a very high energy value (1g fat provides 9 calories, compared to 1g of carbohydrate which only provides 4 calories). Any fat in the diet not converted into energy is simply laid down in the body's fat stores. This is reason we advise people to follow a low fat diet, this will be discussed in more detail in later sections of the website.
There has been a great deal of media attention regarding the different types of fat.
Fats are divided into 2 categories:
found in animal products (such as butter, cream, cheese, meats). Saturated fat is also found in vegetable oils such as palm oil and coconut oil. These fats have been found to cause increases in cholesterol levels and increase your risk of developing heart disease.
found in plants and fish (such as olive oil and oily fish such as mackerel and herring). These fats are less damaging to the body, and eating a diet high in the fats found in oily fish is protective against heart disease.