Chewing the Fats
Great news! The experts are out from under their rocks. And it seems they’ve now gotten together to sort out good fats from bad fats. More from Madeline Vann of HealthDay News:
"Of greatest importance is the type of fat one chooses," registered dietitian and co-author Penny Kris-Etherton said in a prepared statement. "The healthiest choices are unsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 unsaturated fats found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and shellfish…"Yuck dairy—yuck-yuck! For a better didactic on fats, check out this excerpt from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Cholesterol Protection For Life. Here:
…The Dietary Fatty Acids recommendations guide people to follow a food-based approach for achieving the following fatty acid recommendations:
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Eat lean protein such as meats, poultry and low-fat dairy products.
- Eat fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon.
- Use non-hydrogenated margarines and oils.
SATURATED FATFor Dr. Fuhrman’s entire breakdown of fats, give this post a whirl: The Glossary of Cholesterol.
Some naturally occurring fats are called saturated because all the carbon atoms are single bonds. These fats are solid at room temperature and generally recognized as a significant cause of both heart disease and cancer. Saturated fats are found mainly in meat, fowl, eggs, and dairy. The foods with the most saturated fat are butter, cream, and cheese.
Saturated fat raises your LDL-cholesterol level more than anything else in the diet. Eating too much saturated fat and cholesterol is the main reason for the high number of heart attacks seen in North America and other countries.
These fats are a mix of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Eating unsaturated fats lowers cholesterol when substituted for saturated fats, but excessive amounts may promote cancer and obesity. Examples of unsaturated fats are the fats in nuts and seeds such as flax seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia and pistachio nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, as well as avocados and olives.
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