trans fats and saturated fats, bad for our health but what is the difference
March 25, 2008 12:00pm CST
if you are like me, you are all confused about trans fats and saturated fats, both of these are not good for your LDL bad cholesterol, we shouldn't eat trans fats, but we shouldn't replace it with saturated fats, but we need a bit of saturated fat in our diet, just not too much of it. trans fats are natural in some animals like chickens,but it is also found in liquids like oils, and margarine, also "These include crackers, cookies, donuts, pastries, muffins, and croissants, snack foods and fried foods such as french fries and breaded foods. The trans fat content of these foods may be as high as 45% of the fat." http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2004/2004_trans_e.html foods high in saturated fats include, milk products, ice cream, cheese, as well has processed meats and meats that have a high fat content, chicken skin. http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2000/document/choose.htm how to eat wiser, Excerpt from article: http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2000/document/choose.htm FOOD CHOICES LOW IN SATURATED FAT AND CHOLESTEROL AND MODERATE IN TOTAL FAT Get most of your calories from plant foods (grains, fruits, vegetables). If you eat foods high in saturated fat for a special occasion, return to foods that are low in saturated fat the next day. Fats and Oils * Choose vegetable oils rather than solid fats (meat and dairy fats, shortening). * If you need fewer calories, decrease the amount of fat you use in cooking and at the table. Meat, Poultry, Fish, Shellfish, Eggs, Beans, and Nuts * Choose 2 to 3 servings of fish, shellfish, lean poultry, other lean meats, beans, or nuts daily. Trim fat from meat and take skin off poultry. Choose dry beans, peas, or lentils often. * Limit your intake of high-fat processed meats such as bacon, sausages, salami, bologna, and other cold cuts. Try the lower fat varieties (check the Nutrition Facts Label). * Limit your intake of liver and other organ meats. Use egg yolks and whole eggs in moderation. Use egg whites and egg substitutes freely when cooking since they contain no cholesterol and little or no fat. Dairy Products * Choose fat-free or low-fat milk, fat-free or low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese most often. Try switching from whole to fat-free or low-fat milk. This decreases the saturated fat and calories but keeps all other nutrients the same. Prepared Foods * Check the Nutrition Facts Label to see how much saturated fat and cholesterol are in a serving of prepared food. Choose foods lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. Foods at Restaurants or Other Eating Establishments * Choose fish or lean meats as suggested above. Limit ground meat and fatty processed meats, marbled steaks, and cheese. * Limit your intake of foods with creamy sauces, and add little or no butter to your food. * Choose fruits as desserts most often. Do you follow a well balance hearth healthy diet?
• New York, New York
25 Mar 08
Yes I agree that it very important to monitor your diet but unfortunately even if you have the perfect diet there are other factors that affects the bad LDL. My doctor has told me that your family history and stress also affects your numbers when testing your blood cholesterol levels. I can see how it can passed down from your parents and your diet/food intake but I find it hard to understand how stress can affect it but according to my physician it does.
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