What do you think of when you hear the word FAT? Sylvia explains what it is and how it’s important
FAT: What is it?
What do you think of when you hear the word FAT?
- Stick of butter?
- Greasy hamburger?
- Excess body weight?
Fat really is important to keep our bodies healthy. We just need to know the right kinds of fat.
- Fat is a nutrient: Just like protein, carbs and vitamins.
- Fat is in every cell of our body.
- Fat supplies energy.
- Fat is digested slowly, which makes you feel full longer.
There are four major kinds of fat in the foods we eat:
- Saturated Fat
- Dietary Cholesterol
- Unsaturated Fat
Saturated Fat, Trans-Fat and Dietary Cholesterol lead to higher blood cholesterol levels, obesity and heart disease. Some examples are:
- Fast Food Hamburgers
- French Fries
- Chicken Skin
Trans-Fats are the WORST!
- They are used for cooking in most restaurants to include fast food chains. Trans-Fats are cheap to make, they don’t spoil or turn rancid so foods made with these have a longer shelf life. These fats start out as a liquid, but a process called hydrogenation is used to change the chemical structure and make them solid at room temperature. This fat clogs your arteries and puts you at risk for high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Unsaturated Fat: The Healthier Fat
- Found in foods like seeds, nuts, avocados, fish (especially tuna and salmon), ground flaxseeds and healthy oils such as olive oil and ORGANIC canola oil.
- So to know which fats are good fats, they are the one’s liquid at room temperature. The fat in fish is better than the fats found in meat or chicken. Fat from plants are also good such as the avocado, nuts and seeds. These are better than the fats, which come from animals such as beef, port or chicken.
Limit your food intake that has the BAD fat in it at all times!
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