Why not to fear fat!
Fat in the dietary world has been the big enemy for a long time, with ‘fat-free’ one of the most popular ways to market processed foods. The replacement of fat with sugar in many products has now made people believe both sugar and fat are things to be avoided. In terms of sugar, this makes people worry about fruit – which is very unfortunate because people are missing out on great taste experiences as well as the many positive health benefits that come from eating whole fruits.
When it comes to fat, the “all fat is bad” message is just plain wrong. Foods that contain healthy fats help fill us up, so we stop eating earlier. Fat has little direct effect on blood sugar levels. It is a major energy source for your body, and it helps you absorb certain vitamins and nutrients; a good example is olive oil, helping release nutritional benefits from our salads as they pass through our digestive system.
Another type of fat needed for a variety of vital physiological functions is the family of omega-3 unsaturated fats. Your body can’t make these on its own; it must get them from food. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. Flaxseeds, walnuts, and wheat germ are also rich in omega-3s.
Trans fats are the worst fats for your health. These fats are made when hydrogen is added to healthy unsaturated fats to solidify them and make them less likely to spoil. Trans fats raise harmful LDL cholesterol, lower beneficial HDL cholesterol, increase inflammation, and make blood more likely to clot. Foods at risk of containing these fats in Just Routine are classed as ‘Treats’ or ‘Cheats’ – best eaten rarely or avoided.
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