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The Story On Total Fat Intake

Oct 12, 2007
We can no longer stick our heads in the sand when it comes to the food we put into our bodies. Dieticians have warned us for years about the damages a diet with a high total fat percentage can have on our hearts and arteries.

It is not so much as being on a "diet" as it is making healthy lifestyle changes that will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

The total fat enigma came about when scientist discovered that there are "good" fats and there are "bad" fats. The average person is inundated with terms such as unsaturated or monounsaturated.

Bad fats will usually be fats that are solid when unheated. Examples of these are animal fats, shortenings and butter. Good fats are the monounsaturated fats that are liquid. Examples of these are peanut oil and vegetable oil.

Thanks to extensive research regarding good and bad fats, we know that controlling our fat intake can help our cholesterol. It is important to monitor cholesterol in order to prevent heart disease.

The best resource on the good and bad fat war is your doctor and a dietician. They can help teach you the importance of making fundamental decisions in your lifestyle.

Healthy cooking is not something to be dreaded. It does not mean a life filled with bland or tasteless food. Cooking light reduces calories and helps lower your total fat by making a few substitutions that you will not notice in the end but your scales might.

You can prepare many of the same foods you love to eat but by making a few changes that will hardly be noticed.

Many of us do not pay attention to how much fat or oil we use to cook our food. Frying adds unnecessary calories and fat that we can do without. You can try lowering your total fat by skipping the oil and trying a cooking spray and baking.

You will be surprised how delicious it can be. Instead of using a flour batter to coat meat, consider a bread crumb coating. The outside gets a nice crispy finish and you get a healthier meal.

Whatever healthy cooking tips you use to reduce your total fat, make sure that you are preparing foods you love. Eating right is about more than just a fad diet. It is about changing an unhealthy lifestyle to help you live a better, longer life.

We should eat to live rather than living to eat. Watching our calories, total fat or carbohydrates is important but so too is enjoying the foods that fuel our lives.
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