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The good and bad fats

June 18, 2014   

I’ve read about ‘good’ fats and Bad’ fats, but does eating one make you fatter than the other?

Sarah Jenkins, from the British Nutrition Foundation, replies: No, all calories from fats are equal. One gram of fat provides approximately nine calories whether it is saturated fat, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated.

It’s how they are processed in the body that affects a person’s health – an excess of saturated fats can adversely affect blood cholesterol levels, increasing the LDL, ‘bad cholesterol’, fraction.

High levels of LDL in the blood promote the accumulation of fat in the walls of the vessels of the heart and this fat can become oxidised leading to the formation of a plaque causing the vessels to fur up. HDL or good cholesterol retrieves cholesterol from body tissues helping to transfer it to the liver for disposal.

A good intake of the unsaturated fats (monos and polys) can help decrease LDL cholesterol levels and maintain or increase HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

Am I addicted to exercise?

June 17, 2014   

My partner says that I’m addicted to exercise just because I work out every day. Could she be right?

John Hill, psychotherapist and counsellor, replies: Well, my partner says I’m addicted to computers because I use one every day. Her friend says my partner’s addicted to criticism because she keeps going on at me about it. As for my partner, she’s addicted to mobile phones because she’s never off one.

The point I’m making is about the misuse of the word ‘addiction’ Doing something a lot is not an addiction. You would only be an addict if you couldn’t stop. Can you stop doing exercise? Your partner is simply complaining that, because you spend hours at the gym, she feels neglected. Why not prove her wrong by missing the odd day and giving her a lot of attention instead? Or suggest she joins you (just don’t imply she needs to lose weight).

Get more info at British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk.