Good Fats Part II

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Fats Don’t Make You Fat – Part II

 

Butter

 

During the 60s I was brought up with margarine rather than butter. I guess because there were five kids and two adults in the family, it was less costly. Once I got out on my own I continued the tradition of using margarine for probably twenty years – and I know that was a budget decision, not a taste/flavour decision.

I can’t remember when I ‘discovered’ butter but I love its creamy, richness.

Recent research, suggests that saturated fat may not have as big an impact on cardiovascular health as previously thought.

Cheese

 

Cheese is an excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. It helps slow down the absorption of sugar and carbohydrates, leading to consistent energy levels and improved brain function. There’s a 2005 study that suggests cheese is actually helpful in lowering one’s risk for Diabetes. It was reported that, “people who eat a lot of high-fat dairy products actually have the lowest incidence of diabetes.”

 

Dark chocolate

 

According to eat this.com dark chocolate contains the highest percentage of pure cocoa butter, a source of digestion-slowing saturated fat called stearic acid. Because dark chocolate takes more time to process, it staves off hunger and helps you lose weight.

 

‘Good’ Fats vs. ‘Bad’ Fats

 

‘Bad’ fats are called ‘trans fats.’ The ‘bad’ trans fats are highly processed, the artificial kinds that occur when liquid oils are hardened into “partially hydrogenated” fats. These trans fats are generally found in frying, most baked goods, and highly processed foods such as cookies, icings, crackers, packaged snack foods, microwave popcorn, and some margarine.

Here’s an image comparing good fats (to eat more of) to ‘bad’ fats (to reduce consumption of, or avoid). Courtesy of Bonfire Yoga from Australia…

Thriving-Baby-Boomers - Nutrition - Good Fats vs Bad Fats

 

Good fats help improve insulin metabolism, and weight loss, probably due to the satiety factor that makes one feel full longer, therefore reducing the frequency of eating plus reducing calorie and carbohydrate consumption.

Whether it is avocados, butter, cheese, coconut, chocolate, eggs, meats and seafoods, nuts, seeds, or vegetable oils they are all ‘good’ fats that are beneficial to one’s health and well-being and can also be helpful in weight management.

 

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