A health expert has urged Nigerians to eat less red meat and chicken, noting that they have saturated fats that could cause serious health complications.
Dr. Toluwani Binutu who is based in the United Kingdom, also cautioned against the consumption of fried and packaged foods, adding that they also contain trans fats.
The expert explained that saturated fats and trans fats are unhealthy fats, stressing that studies have indicated that they are contributing to the increase in the incidence of heart diseases, stroke, and diabetes.
Dr Binutu, however, clarified that while saturated fats aren’t as harmful as trans fat, they can also be harmful when consumed in large quantities.
The expert’s admonition is supported by a statement issued by the World Health Organisation last December which called for eliminating trans-fat from the global food supply to save lives and reduce heart attacks.
Also, according to an article published by the US National Library on its official site, medlineplus.gov, saturated fat together with trans fats are unhealthy fats. The site explained:
“These fats are most often solid at room temperature. Foods like butter, coconut oil, cheese, and red meat have high amounts of saturated fat.”
Binutu in an Instagram post encouraged people to take care of what goes into their body by paying attention to the labelling, noting that products that contain “anything hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils,” could expose them to cardiovascular risks.
Some of the sources of trans fats, he said, are French fries, chips, crackers, and fried chicken.
The UK based medical expert urged people to embrace good fats, which are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, found in olive oil, groundnut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, noting that they are “an important part of a healthy diet and can lower risk of diseases and stroke and also prevent abnormal heart rhythm and atherosclerosis.”