Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I am a Fat Lady!

If you are anything like me, you have a hard time remembering which fat is which.

                    "Eat healthy fats!" 
                                                             "Don't eat not healthy fats!"

But which is which!?

Saturated Fat

saturated fat comes from animal sources such as poultry, red meat, and full-fat dairy products.


         Note: Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature. Coconut oil is in this fat category, HOWEVER, coconut oil is about 75% Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs(MCTs are essential for boosting your metabolism). Coconut oil contains more MCTs than any other food source. You can purchase supplemental MCT oil here. Or you can wait to decide if MCT oil is right for you when I talk more about the benefits and how to use it.

Trans Fat

Small amounts of Trans Fat are naturally occurring in some fatty parts of meat and dairy, but artificial Trans Fat occurs when hydrogen is added to liquid oil, turning it into a solid fat. Artificial trans fat is utilized in food products by companies because it is cheap and prolongs shelf life, stability, and texture. 

Examples include - "partially hydrogenated oil", doughnuts, cookies, margarine, spreads, shortening.

Saturated Fats and Trans Fats are known to be the bad or unhealthy fats. I would agree to stay away from ALL Trans Fat, But there are definite health benefits to some saturated fats, ESPECIALLY EGGS! (:

The Unsaturated fats below increase your HDL(GOOD CHOLESTEROL), and lower your LDL(BAD CHOLESTEROL). Eating foods high in unsaturated fats can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Monounsaturated Fats

These fats come from oils (olive, safflower, canola, sesame), AVOCADOS!

Polyunsaturated Fats 

These fats come from many plant based oils, seeds(flax, hemp, sesame), nuts(almonds, walnuts), and fish(salmon, mackerel, herring, trout). 

NOTE: OMEGA-3 fatty acid from fish are easier for your body to process than plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids.

Many foods contain different fats, for example, the Avocado contains polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats.. But it has mostly monounsaturated fat.

There are more health benefits to the (mono/poly)unsaturated fats, but there are certain saturated fats I DO recommend such as grass fed beef, eggs, and coconut oil.

to sum things up:




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