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The Lowdown On Fat
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THE LOWDOWN ON FAT by Susan Bowerman.

The issue of dietary fat is probably one of the most confusing to people. Should you eat as little as possible? More of the "good" fats? The answer lies somewhere in between. Ideally, you want to eat only the amount that you need to add flavour to foods, and of the fats you eat you want to select the healthiest ones. All fats regardless of their source, are about 120 calories a tablespoon, so most people can't (and shouldn't) eat them freely. Here are some things to remember.

> Fats are categorized as saturated, polyunsaturated or monounsaturated, depending on the predominant fatty acid they contain.

> Generally speaking, saturated fats (found in animal products, like meat, cheese and ice cream as well as hydrogenated vegetable oils), tend to raise blood cholesterol levels. The process of hydrogenating oils, which makes them harder at room temperature, produces trans-fatty acids - which also raise blood cholesterol levels and should be avoided.

> Polyunsaturated fats can be "good" or "bad", depending on whether they are primarily Omega-6 fats OR Omega-3 fats.

> While small amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 are called "essential," meaning our bodies can't make them, the amounts required are very small and can be met from plant products, which have a good balance of the 2 fats.

>Our diet is typically over loaded with Omega-6 fatty acids, with inadequate amounts of Omega-3.

> Monounsaturated fats, found in Olive oil and Avocado. These fats are "healthy" fats, and can be eaten in moderation.

> Olive oil is a healthy alternative for cooking at a light to moderate heat or used cold. If the flavour is too strong for you, you can purchase "light" olive oils which have the same calories as regular olive oil, but are lighter in flavour.


You can supplement your diet, especially if you do not eat fish, with the Herbalifeline deep sea fish oils capsules. This helps with healthy heart; circulation; joints and achieving the right balance between Omega 3 and Omega 6.
Another one for helping to keep your heart healthy is Niteworks which was developed by Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Lou Ignarro Ph.D. This helps the body boost it's Nitric Oxide levels which naturally lower between 3am-5am, a time when stroke and heart attacks are more prone to occur.
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