Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Thoughts About Saturated Fat

Well, I’m back from Chicago. It was a wonderful trip even if the temperature was 11 degrees during the day. No, I’m not kidding.

We shopped a lot and ate even more. While I was there I got to thinking about fat. Now, I know this is a very random thing to think about but when it comes to my life food is very important so naturally, fat plays a role.

Why do we need fat? If it’s so bad for us, then why is it so necessary for us to consume it?

According to margarine.org:

Fats do play a vital role in a balanced diet. Not only is fat an important energy-providing nutrient, some dietary fat is needed for the body to function properly. Fat assists the body in transporting and digesting fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E and K, but fat from vegetable oil sources also provide two essential fatty acids that the body requires. Health professionals do not recommend that individuals eliminate all fat from their diets. Rather, they state that a person’s diet should contain no more than 30 percent of total calories from fat and less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.

Now, there are different kinds of fats but in general, I try to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, such as butter. I can almost feel my body cringe when I consume it. That’s how I ended up with margarine. I really enjoy the taste plus I don’t feel guilty about putting it into my body.

What your thoughts on saturated fat?

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