Fats and Dieting …

Include Good Fats in Your Diet

Last week, I talked to a niece (her name is Rycca ♥) who’s now  remarkably slimmer. We talked a lot about what works and what doesn’t work when dieting.

I was very impressed with her  as she’s  currently doing a no-carb diet. In our discussion, I learned though that at times she would eat carbs – but wheat bread instead of rice.  For Filipino’s, to be able to resist eating rice and replacing it with wheat bread takes a lot of discipline. Imagine eating adobong baboy or manok with bread … or pork or chicken barbeque with bread. It’s totally out of the ordinary.

Then our discussion swerved into whether fat is good or bad.

And so maybe, just like her, you may be wondering if dieting also means eliminating all fats in your food. Here’s the answer:

No, it’s not necessary to eliminate fat totally from our diet.

We have good fat and bad fat. The bad fat is the saturated fat, which is bad for the health because it clogs arteries causing heart disease and stroke.

Good fat on the other hand is absolutely essential for good health, and so we have to be sure that what we use in our diet is what we call healthy fats.

By good fat, it means non-saturated fat, both polyunsaturated and mono unsaturated.

This type of fat or oil has numerous health benefits. It transports fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K throughout the body; it cushions and protects internal organs; and they are essential fatty acids (EFAs) which benefit the heart, metabolism and immune system. These EFAs are used by the body for structural, hormonal and electrical functions rather than for energy. They increase metabolic rate and increase fat burn off which results in loss of weight.  Fat is a concentrated source of energy.

With all these in mind, our diet should include adequate amounts of healthy fat foods. These fat foods include olive oil, almonds, walnuts, or other Omega-3 products.

Healthy fats help with our brain function and are excellent antioxidants. Certain diseases are also prevented by essential fatty acids, so it’s important to have them in our daily diet.

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