Fats: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Wednesday 12th November 2014, 6pm

It is now widely acknowledged that increased consumption of a Western-type high calorie diet, along with a sedentary lifestyle, has contributed to a marked increase in the global prevalence of obesity. In particular, eating foods which are high in fat can cause excessive weight gain and subsequently increase the risk of developing serious obesity-related health problems, such as the failure to maintain proper blood glucose control associated with type 2 diabetes. Consequently, a reduction in fat intake is commonly perceived as a means to prevent the onset of such metabolic disorders. However, fat is also an essential component of our diet which fulfils a wide range of biological functions, including its ability to act as a source of energy.

Importantly, it is not just the amount of fat consumed which is crucial to maintaining metabolic health but also the particular type. Indeed, the two main types of fat present in most foods are saturated fats, also known as “bad fat”, and Cafe science imagesunsaturated fats, which are often referred to as “good fat”. Therefore, choosing the right types of dietary fat to consume can be one of the most important factors in reducing the risk of developing metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes.

This talk will aim to explain the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats and how they affect insulin-sensitive target tissues, like skeletal muscle, in the development of type 2 Diabetes.

Café Science Extra takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of Dundee Science Centre’s infusion cafe. Everyone is welcome. Non-bookable. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.