Start your low fat, heart healthy lifestyle today. Your arteries will thank you!
Good Fat, Bad FatThere is a great deal of conflicting information these days on whether a low fat diet or a low carb diet is healthier in general, and even more opinions on which diet will help you lose weight and keep it off. Depending on which diet guru you listen to, we should either:
Setting aside the question of whether excess body fat is caused by dietary fat or unburned carbohydrates, excess consumption of fatty foods has other dangerous health consequences such as arteriosclerosis, heart disease, and adult Type II diabetes.
Confused? You don't need to be - you just need to understand a few fat facts.
Cold-water fish - salmon, tuna, and herring - are the best sources of omega 3, but most fish contain this essential fatty acid.
Learn more health benefits of fish on the heart healthy fish recipes page.
Both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats reduce cholesterol when substituted for saturated fats in your diet.
My Body Actually Needs Fat?
Your body needs some dietary fat so that it can function properly. Fats supply energy and are essential for transporting the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K from the digestive tract to the circulatory system.
Our brains are lined with fatty tissues, nerve cells have high essential fatty acid content, and we need fat to produce hormones.
The fat layer underneath the skin provides insulation against extreme hot and cold temperatures and protects vital organs from damage, just like that bubble wrap you use for mailing fragile items.
How Much Fat Is Healthy?
That's the $64,000 question. Doctors, nutritionists, and scientists have conducted hundreds of studies trying to answer this very question - with dozens of varying results and recommendations.
Although there is no definitive best answer, some generally accepted guidelines have emerged. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats and low in cholesterol, eat in moderation, and don't forget to get some exercise so you can burn off calories.
Excessive consumption of foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol has been demonstrated to significantly increase dangers of heart disease, obesity, and obesity-related diseases (e.g. diabetes).
Many doctors and public health agencies recommend that you limit your total fat to 30 percent of daily calories and saturated fat to 10 percent. Recent studies and research also suggest that low carbohydrate, high protein diets also reduce the risk of heart disease.
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