So What’s The Skinny On Fats And Trans Fat?
I’ve read so much about "fats" over the years, but the medical advice only seems to be more and more confusing!
We were all told to eat margarine and not butter, and I followed that dumb advice for around twenty years.
Then we were told it that it was all a mistake and that we should now keep eating butter!
The very latest news however is that the latest margarines are more healthy than butter because they contain almost no trans fats.
Whereas butter is made from animal fat, so it contains cholesterol and high levels of saturated fat!
Why Do Companies Use Trans Fat?
Trans fats are easy to implement, inexpensive to produce and last a long time.
And they are thought to give a desirable taste and texture.
And many restaurants and fast-food outlets use trans fats to deep-fry their foods because oils that contain trans fats can be used for a much longer time in commercial fryers.
How Much Trans Fat Is It OK To Eat?
The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of trans fats you eat to less than 1% of your total daily calories.
That means if you need 2,000 calories a day, no more than twenty of those calories should come from trans fats.
That’s less than 2 grams of trans fats a day!
Low Fat Diets?
Low fat diets and foods have been popping up everywhere in recent years, but I’ve read that the brain, which is a pretty important organ, needs them!
So maybe some of you can give us the skinny on fats and trans fats?
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