Fat is not Bad

January 1, 2007 | Filed Under Nutrition Update 

For many people, fat is the evilest thing in diet. They think fat make them fat. However it is not true, extra calories make them fat. As a matter of fact, you can’t live without fat.

There are different kinds of fat. Some are good and some are bad. Trans fat and saturated fat are the devil of fat. Omega 3, mono and polyunsaturated fat are the angel because they can lower toal blood cholesterol and raise healthy HDL cholesterol level in blood. Fat do more than giving you calories.

Fat is need in digestion and absorption of fat soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K and hundreds of beneficial carotenoids. Also, fat will help you produce more of the muscle building hormone testosterone.

Fat doesn’t make you fat. It is true that fat contain twice as much calorie as carbs and protein. However, as long as you don’t overeat, you will be fine. As a matter of fact, eating more protein and fat helps kept the metabolic rate high and the omega-3 fatty acid can actually help the body burn abdominal fat.

Many people think there is no way to tell if the food they are eating contains Trans fat. That is not true and the FDA requires manufacture to put the information about Trans fat on the food label. Also, 80% of trans fat in your diet come from processed food. If you stay away from those snack food and desserts in supermarket, you will be fine.

Remember, there are two kind of fat. Not all fat are good. However, if you choose the right one, you will be benefit from it.

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