Cholesterol is the fat we all know… its reputation as the culprit for causing heart attack has been known for decades. But we are still learning more about fats that a lot of consumers are still confused of what foods contain the bad fat and whether there are really foods that contain the so called: Good Fat!
I was invited to talk about cholesterol and heart disease this morning in Mom’s Radio and was intrigued by the questions asked prompting me to write about the topic on FAT!
The most common fat that we are guilty of is the fat that we derive from the food we eat! This is reflected as Triglyceride in our Lipid Panel test. This kind of fat comes in several forms:
- Saturated Fat: usually is the fat derived from animal sources and the major culprit here is beef. The streaks of fat we see when we eat steak is saturated fat. Other common sources of this include: BUTTER, BACON and CREAM. So before we eat our dinner in a restaurant for Valentines day… forgo the bread and butter…go straight to your salad or soup.
- Unsaturated Fat: Mainly from Vegetable sources like Canola or Olive oil. This fat comes in two forms:
- Monounsaturated Fat: is the kind of fat that does not raise your cholesterol. The oil in canola and nuts like peanuts and almonds are good sources. It is for this reason that I allow my Diabetics to eat nuts for snacks. The good thing with this fat is it can raise the good cholesterol!
- Polyunsaturated Fat: it likewise does not increase your cholesterol BUT in contrast to monounsaturated fat , it can lower your good cholesterol. If you use corn oil to fry food, mayonnaise for your sandwich and margarine for your cooking…these are the fats that can lower your HDL or good Cholesterol. Remember a high Good Cholesterol cleans your blood vessels and therefore protective of your heart. And therefore avoid foods that can do the opposite.
It’s Valentines Day… you’ll definitely enjoy your night out with your love ones…but just be sure to be critical of what you’ll eat. Make sure be more consistent in choosing the foods you eat because what you eat can make or break your heart! Choose a food that contains less saturated and more of the Monounsaturated fat! Go FISH! You’ll never go wrong in making your heart safe by choosing the fat that’s healthy for you.
Happy Valentines Day To Everyone!
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