Mission: Nutrition - Fat

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-08-03 11:24:41 -0500
Started 2010-08-01 08:02:40 -0500

I'll be honest. Just a few months ago I would have thought that transfat was an overweight cross-dresser but I've come a long way in my research on nutrition.

Transfat is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oil and turned into a solid fat. I don't know what the heck that means but, that's okay. Transfat is found in shortening, stick margarine, baked goods and fried foods. Transfat increases your bad cholesterol while decreasing your good cholesterol. The newly printed nutritional labels must now include the transfat information for consumers. The suggested level of transfat in your diet should be less than 1% of your total calories per day.

Another bad fat is the amount of saturated fat and reducing that amount (should be less than 7% of your total caloric intake) is one of the most important steps to reducing your blood cholesterol, which helps with your heart health. Saturated fats are found in high fat animal products, cocoa butter, and even certain nuts.

When it comes to "good" fats, look at monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to help decrease your heart disease risks. These fats are found mainly in vegetable oils (olive, sunflower, corn or canola oil), avocados, and in nuts like peanuts and almonds.

You should aim for up to 15% of your calories from monounsaturated fats and up to 10% of total calories from polyunsaturated fats per day.

Don't forget about the benefits from the Omega-3 fatty acids from cold water fish like sardines or salmon, flaxseed, and walnuts. Populations with diets that include significant amount of fish regularly have lower rates of heart disease than populations with diets that feature other kinds of meat.

I suppose it's true that drag racing has nothing to do with those overweight cross-dressers. I am proud to say that I've learned a lot and hope you have also.

2 replies

allie4123 2010-08-03 11:24:41 -0500 Report

Great information Ray. I don't like sardines or salmon. I am not a big fish eater. There are a few I like, so I do get some. I take Omega 3 fish oil supplements and I eat a lot of flaxseed. Love flaxseed. Thanks for posting the info.