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Healthy Eating Tips

Avoid The Two Bad Fats

The two fats are considered “bad” are Trans Fat and Saturated Fat:
Saturated Fats occur naturally in nearly all fatty foods, but mostly in fatty red meats, full-fat dairy products, butter, and tropical oils such as palm oil and coconut. Saturated fat is also in many of western society’s most popular foods, including pizza, hamburgers, tacos, ice cream, lasagna, and cheese.

Trans Fats are the worst type of “bad” fat, and are man-made fats. Most trans fat is created when manufacturers turn liquid oils into more solid fats like shortening and margarine. Trans fats are found in many packaged foods, including margarine, cookies, cakes, cake icings, doughnuts, and potato chips. Trans fats are worse than saturated fats. They are bad for our blood vessels, nervous systems, “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, and waistline.

In addition to eating less fat, we also need to balance the types of fats that we consume in our diet. For example, Japanese, European, and Mediterranean diets typically have two-to-one ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, and people in these countries generally live longer and have a much lower incidence of heart disease.

Cutting down on foods that are rich in omega-6s means avoiding foods fried in vegetable oils such as corn and safflower, and eliminating processed foods, many of which contain omega-6s. Other sources of omega-6 fatty acids include meats, seeds, nuts, and grains. At the same time, boost the amount of omega-3s in your diet by eating more cold-water marine fish, such as salmon and mackerel, as well as green leafy vegetables. And, if you do need to use oil in your cooking, then use canola oil instead of vegetable oil.

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