Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten describes the types of fats found in food, and how much fat women should consume.
Well, I mentioned to you when we started kind of talking about the fat story, as I call it, that all food has fat. That means, all food has varying proportions of saturated hard fat, of polyunsaturated liquid oil that we see in the supermarket all the time, and also monounsaturated fat, which is olive oil. It’s kind of cloudy; it’s not hard and solid like saturated hard fat, and it’s not liquid. It’s kind of cloudy when you put it in the refrigerator, olive oil, for example.
And so, it is, when we talk about fat, not only does all food have fat in it, but all food has varying proportions of saturated and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat in it. So it’s just not this easy story. So the question again to ask yourself in terms of fat and the optimal amount that you need is, “What is your health concern and what kinds of fats and what kinds of foods are going to give me the nutrients, including fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, what kinds of foods are going to give me the nutrients, including fat, the kinds of fat that I need to prevent a health problem, manage a health problem, or reverse an existing health problem?” That’s going to help you think about how much fat to include in your diet and what kind of fat to include in your diet or avoid.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.