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Healthy Fats: Are You Eating Enough?

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Saturated fat historically has received a bad rap in its connection with cardiovascular disease, however plant-based saturated fats such as that in organic unrefined coconut oil may be beneficial to health because of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) within.

MCTs are known to be used quickly by the body instead of stored, and may help with energy, brain function and metabolism.

Grass-fed free-range beef, while naturally high in saturated fat, is also high in omega-3s compared to grain-fed conventionally raised beef. When choosing steaks or hamburgers, make sure to look for the words “grass-fed” on the label or talk with the butcher at the meat counter for more information.

While healthy fats are a natural part of the human body, everything must be considered in moderation. Additionally, those with gall bladder issues should be careful when consuming a lot of fat (even good fats) as it can aggravate symptoms and may cause loose stools. Those with high cholesterol, specifically high LDL, should have their levels routinely measured.

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats. Retrieved from
http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/fat/unsaturatedfat.html

Scott, G. (2012). Is Coconut Oil Effective for Alzheimer Disease? Retrieved from
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/764495

Wenk, G. (2012). Dietary Fats that Improve Brain Function. Retrieved from
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201205/dietary-fats-improve-brain-function

Reviewed July 29, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Thanks for sharing about healthy fats. There is so much mis-information on this. Isn't nice to know that you can have a healthy relationship with fat finally!

August 21, 2014 - 10:20am
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Anonymous

I think it is a good thing that all fats are not seen negatively. There are delicious food that contain fat. When it comes to weight loss it seems to me that long term results are what truly matter. There does not seem to be a lot of reasons to go through an extreme diet or workout that is simply too difficult to keep up with.

Something positive is that enjoying delicious food and not go through a very hard workout seems to be possible. One way that this may be done is presented here:
specialfatloss.com

Why go through the pain of unsustainable routines and meal plans if the results are very short time lived?

July 29, 2014 - 4:59pm
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