Nutrition: why are we talking about ” good fats ”?

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Nutrition: why are we talking about ” good fats ”?

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  • Papa Atou Diaw
  • Journalist – BBC Africa

Walnuts, olive oil, avocados, and oily fish such as salmon

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Walnuts, olive oil, and fatty fish such as salmon are some of the foods with good fats

Fat has a very bad reputation among consumers.

For us, fat equates to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, etc. This is not entirely false, nor is it entirely true.

The WHO estimates that the consumption of industrially sourced fatty acids called trans fatty acids causes approximately 500,000 deaths per year due to coronary heart disease. However, there are “fats” and “fats”, finally “good fats” and “bad fats”.

To find out more, we contacted Dr. Olouwafemi Mama Ba. She is a teacher-researcher in the department of animal biology, nutrition section of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar in Senegal.

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