ali eletre
By ali eletre Latest Reply 2009-06-02 08:16:35 -0500
Started 2009-05-18 16:11:33 -0500

Are some fats better than others? Where we can find the useful ones in our food?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2009-06-02 08:16:35 -0500 Report

What I have been learning is that all fats are not equal. I knew that, but it is good to hear it from a professional.

I am trying to raise my HDL cholesterol (the good one) I got my LDL below 100 now, so working on upping my HDL will make it all the better. So here is what I am using to guide my food choices.

Solid fats are saturated fats and are not as healthy for us. They are the ones that will tend to stick to your body in all kinds of places, if you know what I mean. These include fats like butter, margarine, animal fats on your meat, and shortenings. It is basically anything that is thick or solid at room temperature. Watch those salad dressings! Those are where I run into trouble. I am not saying you can't eat these, it is just not recommended to eat a lot of these.

Liquid fats are better for us. Olive oil is your best friend, along with flax seed oil and omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and some plants. I asked my doctor yesterday about Canola oil (because I keep hearing mixed reviews on it) and he said to stick to Olive oil. Extra Virgin if you can. And since I am not frying my food, the olive oil should work fine for all my uses.

lipsie 2009-05-19 04:36:45 -0500 Report

Yeah, check out Gabby's TCOYD class #3 class discussion…she is doing some awesome work explaining some healthy information you should enjoy! Sheila

SkipT 2009-05-18 16:59:11 -0500 Report

Contrary to popular belief, coconut oil is a good fat. I also use rendered lard(not the blocks they sell in the grocery as it is partially hydrogenated), butter and olive oil.

Anonymous 2009-05-18 22:17:44 -0500 Report

SkipT: Where are you able to find rendered lard?

SkipT 2009-05-19 04:53:58 -0500 Report

Most Mexican markets will carry it (called manteca) or you can check with your local butcher shop and they can get it for you.

Anonymous 2009-05-19 23:29:20 -0500 Report

No butcher shops in my neighborhood, but I can get to Hispanic market. I will look for manteca. Thanks for the info!