Monday, May 12, 2014
Dinner Diva: What are unhealthy fats?
So let's talk fat. Fats are a necessary part of our diets. Unsaturated fats, both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, can help lower your bad cholesterol levels while helping to maintain an appropriate level of good cholesterol. However, there are some that are unhealthy and should be avoided. These include saturated and trans fats. It is important that you know the foods that contain these bad fats in order to decrease your consumption of them.
Saturated fats promote high levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the bad form of cholesterol. If eaten without moderation, these substances can increase your risk of heart disease as well as high blood pressure. Saturated fats tend to be found in meats, eggs, and dairy products. Cooking additives such as coconut and palm oils also contain saturated fats. You can limit your intake of these bad fats by consuming lean meats and low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt (or buy the regular variety and eat less).
Trans fats are created when food companies began the process of hydrogenation. This procedure helps to preserve foods, allowing them to have a longer shelf life. Packaged foods tend to contain a great deal of trans fatty acids, as they are well hydrogenated before being sold. Shortening and some oils also contain trans fats. To eliminate these unhealthy fats from your diet, seek foods with labels specifying that they are free of trans fats. Avoid eating too many processed foods, and cook with fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits instead. Cooking with olive oil is also beneficial, as it does not possess any unhealthy fatty acids.
With just a little pre-planning, some simple label reading, and this knowledge you can create healthy meals for you and your family with the right kinds of fat and the right kind of flavor.
Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
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