Saturday, May 19, 2012

Why it's okay to eat fat!

Hello everyone!

I have recently debated with someone about the subject of eating fat and controlling weight. As for me, I am pro-fat, anti-carbs (other than fruits and veggies). 

I came across an article that justifies my views- 5 Fats You Should Be Eating

1. Saturated Fat

Usually people think that these are related to heart disease, but there has been recent research leading doctors to question that allegation.  One study showed that some saturated fats can be metabolized by the body quickly, meaning they are not stored as body fat.  Suggestions: Butter, Coconut Oil, Reduced-Fat Milk, Lean Ground Beef

2. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Similar to oils, these fats can help reduce risks of type 2 diabetes and heart diseases by promoting healthy cholesterol levels.   Usually these are found in plant foods.  Suggestions: Safflower, Corn, Soy, Cottonseed, Peanut, or any other vegetable or nut oil, Sunflower Seeds

3. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

These may help to improve cholesterol levels and steady blood sugar. Suggestions: Avocado, Green Olives, Peanut Butter

4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s may help prevent heart disease.  The downside is that it is fairly difficult to get enough for this benefit.  According to the article, you need 500 mg per day and that would require for example, eating salmon three times a week.  There are also non-fish sources of Omega-3. Suggestions: Salmon, Sardines, Flax, Walnuts, Eggs

5. Omega-6 Fatty Acids

To prevent heart disease, "people should get a 1 to 1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3s".  If not, the body can metabolize Omega 6 in a bad way.  The average American has a 20 to 1 ratio of Omega 6.  Suggestions: Margarine (I don't recommend it but the article does), Almonds, Almond Butter

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