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Fat-Free or Non Fat-Free, That is The Question

Updated on April 10, 2012
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For a while we were used to get our Ice cream at that 'Dairy Queen.' Then we got into that new trend labeled 'non-fat' or light, or maybe that fat free, right? More than other nutrients, fat has been treated like the witch from Snow white.

Now, advance research is uncovering some surprises about fats and their effect on health. We have done our research, and we can tell you about those findings, and what those latest findings mean for you.


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When food was food.

Going back to our great grandparents, they seldom came across with high-fat food issues. They had their organic harvesting and did their best to have fresh milk and those healthy eggs, and ate with certain moderation, that's why Ice cream and oil can touch those pleasant neurons-- "Okay Mary keep that grill hot!"

Since the middle Eighties and overabundance of fat has been blame for our our expanding waistlines, therefore nutritionist have empahsized degreasing our diets. Now that tide is turning down. Here is the important phrase of this hub: Experts are beginning to point out that balancing our fats rather than just cutting back on them, leads to better heath.

Several types of fats

Saturated

most come from animal products, such as butter, cheese, beef and pork. Ice creams, coconut, palm and palm kernel oil are included in this category

Unsaturated

Broken down in two categories: Monounsaturated fats that prevail in avocados, most nuts and olive oil.

Polysunsaturated fats like omega 3 and 6, which can be found naturally in walnuts, soybean, .sunflower and safflower oil. Fatty fish like salmon and trout are a good source too.

Trans fats

created by an industrial process called hydrogenation, when hydrogen is added to vegetable oilo for hardening. Margarines, fast food and baked goods make use of this processing for preservation...and keep your doctor busy.



How essential they are?

Fats are essential for our health. Together with carbohydrates and proteins, they are 1 of the three macro nutrients our body use for energy. If you ever seen at the Gas station, those three pumps that indicate 'premium,' 'silver' and 'regular,' our body interchange those possibilities of fuel, but when you are running out, you just have to trust that regular fuel (fat) after the the other two were depleted. After 20 min of exercise, you body will turn to fat as a source of fuel.


FATS ARE KEY TO CHILDREN GROWTH AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

If you go back to granny's kitchen, she would ask you at once, if you already had your soup or breakfast. Same thing with fat, they make sure your hair and skin are healthy. Fats keep your vital organs cushioned and insulate your complex body against cold temperatures.


WITHOUT THEM, FORGET ABOUT ABSORVING YOUR ESSENTIAL VITAMINS

How can you overlook this assertion. Essential fatty acids that your body cannot make and must get from food, help control inflammation, maintain brain cells and clot your blood. Without fat, our body could not absorb vitamins A, D, E or K.



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Fats and health

Fat are blamed for our obesitis crisis, inpart because they are high in calories. They contain 9 calories per gram compared with 4 calories from proteins and carbs. Saturated fats are on the most wanted list for killing most of us from a heart attack. The district attorney couldn't press charges, because he died the night before, after eating this triple decker.

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Saturated fats increase our colesterol, thus producing this high rate of fatalities. The key is to change gradually to polyunsaturated fats. This certainly improves your cardiovascular health.

THE 'AVOID THAT HEART ATTACK' LIST

After checking with researchers and getting their okay, we created this list. This was well recommended by the experts. Of course you have to get on your greens.


 
 
 
instead of steak, switch to fatty fish
get less than 10% of your daily calories from saturated fats
replace 5% them with polyunsaturated fats
try to swtich to olive, or safflower oil
Swap that wedge of full-fat cheese for walnuts
get on that omega 3 and 6
reduce to 1 percent those transfats
Go back to that salad that mom used to make
avoid products with that hydrogenated label

How hard it is for you to change your diet?

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Final Thoughts

Scientists are atill studying fat's harms and benefits along with the optimal ratio of unsaturated to saturated varieties. We must remind you that a genetic background should be considered in the choices. In this case, your dietitian or doctor can help you determine the best balance of fats for you. Gee! Got hungry after doing this hub!

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  • Lord De Cross profile image
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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    IamAudrey,

    Seems that these companies deep inside want to keep the trend; they do not give much information. Vaguely printing the facts that are hard to decypher. Thanks!

    Good day Must65GT,

    Thanks for commenting and taking your time in reading. Insulated as ours I guess. Good luck with this March Challenge.

    LORD

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    must65gt 6 years ago

    lol...suffice it to say my organs are well insulated and well cushioned. Great job

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    iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

    I have learned a lot about this info while working at a grocery store for several years. However, I wish they would post information like this so customers could see and learn from it! Well done...voted up!!!

  • Lord De Cross profile image
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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Yes Marcy,

    Food processing is a legal permission to kill us, or at least keep our Physicians busy. Why Fast food, don't use those labelings similar to the ones for cigarrettes? At least we could get the warning. Is all about the money.

    LORD

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

    I'm so glad you included information about how fats are needed to process other nutrients. I agree, the diet choices you mentioned are healthier. I sometimes wonder why we didn't see rampant obesity when we were kids (when I was, at least), and food was just normal. Nobody had engineered it to change the fat content or otherwise alter it.

    Very useful and interesting hub; voted the same, and UP!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Thanks so much Sunnie and Jenobouka. The topic under discussion can affect any of us at any time. We have led a sedentary existance, and is time to change our diets for good. Have a bless day!

    LORD

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    jenubouka 6 years ago

    Very, very helpful and informative Lord. Some people tend to hear fat=bad, and then swear off all that is fatty, however as you so brilliantly explained, not all fat is bad, in fact it is essential for a healthy diet. Great hub!

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    Sunnie Day 6 years ago

    Great hub lord...all this non fat..low fat..ect is not good for us..better to go as natural and fresh as we can. I do believe we are a nation getting sicker by all the processing and unnatural things put in our foods.

    Thank you!

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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    I agree with you Kelly and I think the Health care industry and our Honcho food retailers know so well how bad they are trying to get America sick as hell. This is a tought for another hub: The scams behind the fast food industry.

    LORD

  • Lord De Cross profile image
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    Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

    Hi Deborah,

    You are welcome. Whoever thought of hydrogenation, was just as bad as a war criminal. How in the world, could they have used technology against our health and our pockets, just to get their foods "fresher" to us? This was a disgusting finding! Thanks for commenting and see you soon!

    LORD

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    Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I tho k you are exactly right. I think it's bad anytime we atrat messing with natural stuff or trying to make things fat free. I believe that we should eat the vegetables as fresh as possible and as closely grown to home as possible. We need all those things and I think if we look at history - we will find that once we started injecting cows with stuff to fatten them up for market day - and taking out sugars and canning and all that hocus pocus - we see an increased number in cancers and disease and obesity. Excellent topic and hub!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    THIS IS AWESOME.. I study about those awful trans fat.. realized how harmful they are to us, thank you for sharing this hub. love it,,

    voted up and sharing

    debbie

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