This country has been bombarded with inaccurate media hype on the evils of fat in our diet. We have been repeatedly told of the guilt free supposedly healthy choices of; fat free cookies, baked potato chips, fat free ice cream and other low fat goodies that are actually loaded with sugar and calories. Food manufacturers commonly use sugar as a flavor enhancer instead of fat. Many Americans consume up to 130 pounds of added dietary sugar a year. The trading of healthy fat for sugar only increases levels of blood triglycerides and increases the body’s secretion of insulin, risking the onset of diabetes. Trans fat, or partially hydrogenated fat should be avoided for they increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat that generally comes from animal sources tends to raise total and LDL cholesterol. Saturated fats raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fat is one of the three macronutrients along with protein and carbohydrates that provide our body with energy sources. Fat is essential to your body for proper functioning. Some vitamins, for instance, must have fat to dissolve in to nourish your body. People need to make good choices in what types of fat to eat. Fat is not always the enemy of your waistline, or your arteries. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats actually lower cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease. Omega 3s found in certain fatty fish lower blood pressure and help protect against irregular heartbeats. Eating fats in conjunction with carbohydrates change the glycemic index of the foods eaten. High fibrous carbohydrates from vegetables are a good choice for they are assimilated slowly releasing little insulin. Nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, flax seeds, avocados, salmon, tuna, peanut butter and sunflower oil are all great choices for dietary fat sources. Remember even cholesterol is not always bad; your body makes sex hormones from cholesterol.
Eating dietary fat helps our body burn fats as a fuel. Stored carbohydrates(glycogen)is always burned first before the body releases fat stores to be burned as fuel (fatty acid oxidation). The key to loosing fat, is eating fat and cutting down on carbohydrates.
Analyze what truly is in what you eat before you eat it. Think twice before you grab that bag of fat free cookies. Grab a bag of almonds instead of fabricated garbage food, your body will thank you.