Busting the Myths about Fats

I am pretty much betting you can guess where the inspiration for this article came from. MYTHBUSTERS! Take a look at the following myths and the facts…..

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Saturated Fat

the fat generally found in animal-based foods. (the not-so-good- guys).

Myth: all saturated fats are bad for you.

BUSTED: Stearic acid, the most abundant saturated fat in beef and chocolate, can actually be good for you. It does not raise bad cholesterol and gives good cholesterol a boost!

Myth: all saturated fats are from animal products.

BUSTED: Saturated fatty acids are mainly found in fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, but some plant foods are high in saturated fat such as coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils.

Myth: if you eat fat, you get fat.

BUSTED: Fat is a powerful source of energy, more than twice as concentrated as protein and carbohydrates. Consuming more calories than you need is what actually makes you gain weight – not the source of the calorie

Myth: meat is high in saturated fat.

BUSTED:
Foods contain differing amounts of each type of fat. Monosaturated fatty acids make up half the fat content of lean red meat. Look for the words “round” or “loin” in the name to choose the leanest cuts.

Fun Fact – Saturated fats should be eaten in moderation – 10% of your total daily calorie intake is what is recommended by the AHA (1g per 100 calories).

 

Trans Fat

Hydrogenated fats found in processed foods (the bad guys).

Myth:
you can’t tell one fat from another.

BUSTED: Since 2006, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) requires food companies to list trans fat content separately on the Nutrition Facts label of all packaged foods.

Myth: trans fats are only found in fried foods.

BUSTED: Some transfats are found naturally in small amounts in meat and dairy products but are not a significant source. Many processed foods use “hydrogenated” vegetable oils that add trans fat, so check the Nutrition Facts Label.

Myth: all fats are the same.

BUSTED: Trans fatty acids raise bad cholesterol levels and lower good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

Myth: no trans fats, no taste.

BUSTED: Manufacturers are finding new ways to improve texture and taste of food without using trans fatty acids.

Fun Fact – Scientists began to hydrogenate liquid oils into trans fats in 1903 to provide longer shelf life in manufactured foods.

 

The bottom line – all foods that contain fat are not made up of just one type of fat – they are a combination of fatty acids. However, fats are usually classified based on which type of fat they contain the most of: monosaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated or trans.

Eating too much of any type of fat is not healthy!
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