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Avoid Saturated Fats, Not “All Fats”

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fat is usually considered as a bad food choice for for people opting for weight loss programs. However, most dieters fail to understand that fat is a concentrated source of energy. They also fail to cauterize fats and tend to avoid fats altogether. True, saturated fats are bad for health and must be avoided; but you must include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in the regular diet plan. These unsaturated fats come from vegetable sources and remain liquid at room temperature.

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These fats have several health benefits such as transporting fat-soluble vitamins E, A, K, and A throughout your body. They also protect the internal organs and benefit your heart and immune system. Some polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats include Essential fatty acids or EFAs such as omega-3, which help in increasing metabolic rate and burning fats. This, in turn, helps you in achieving successful weight loss.

Dieters often opt for low-fat foods as healthier alternatives without considering the fact that less fat usually means more sugar. In fact, a classic example of this is the reduced-fat peanut butter. Though these products come with a fraction less fat, the healthy fat is usually replaced with a carbohydrate called maltodextrin. This carbohydrate is most commonly used in many processed foods as a filler. And a serving of such reduced-fat peanut butter is equivalent to 10 calories. Therefore, dieters usually trade the healthy fat of peanut butter for double the sugar and empty carbs. If you still want to opt for the low fat varieties, it is recommended to read the ingredients list along with the nutritional data. Food that includes fewer ingredients is considered as healthier option.


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