I hope you don't hate me for stopping the video series even though it never really had time to take off. I may alternate between videos and posts but I really can't be sure right now. As for when school starts I do have Fridays off of class but may end up working but there is potential for filming!
Anyways I need to talk to you guys about FATS.
Just like all the other ingredients I've spoken about in my videos it's found in the Nutrition Label and remember:
5%= a little, 15% = a LOT.
Now the thing is fat is important for your health but too much of the bad kind is what gets us in trouble! Fats play different roles in our body:
- It gives you energy (also called calories).
- It helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K.
- It helps your body grow and develop.
Also we need to understand that there are many different kinds of fat in foods:
The good kind is: Unsaturated such as monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat
The bad kind is: Saturated & Trans
The type and the amount of fat you eat are important. The bad types of fat, may increase your risk of developing heart disease and other stuff you don't need to deal with now or in the future if you pay attention. If you are able to have more unsaturated fats then you can help lower your chances of these bad things happening to you.
How can you make a healthier choice?
- You do need some fat for a healthy diet. Limit your intake of bad fats and remember that a small amount of unsaturated fats each day is a good thing.
- Use the % Daily Value (% DV)in the Nutrition Facts table.
- Saturated and trans fats are nutrients you may want less of.
Things for you to remember when you are buying food is to always compare brands of the same thing, keeping in mind the % DV for all the nutrients and knowing which you need more of and which you can do with less. I figured out through the websites I've been reading that the % DV for fat is based on 65g of fat for a 2000 calorie diet. If you want to know more about calories please check out this video (http://youtu.be/FYQDXMcehEk)
So if it's so good for you what exactly is unsaturated fat?! But keep in mind the phrase "too much of a good thing" because it applies to this fat. There are two main types of unsaturated fats:
Monounsaturated fat: All fats are constructed from a chain of carbon and hydrogen atoms. The way these atoms are chemically bonded together decides which type of fat it will be. With monounsaturated fats (also known as monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs) the carbon atoms are bonded to hydrogen atoms at all but one point.
Some benefits: Improved blood cholesterol levels, they're a good source of fat soluble vitamins, they can help you burn body fat, improved blood glucose control, reduced inflammation and reduced cancer risk.
Polyunsaturated fat: Polyunsaturated fats can be sourced from various foods. Unlike other fats, polyunsaturated fats are essential fatty acids (EFAs). This means they cannot be produced by your body and must be sourced from food. You can get these from Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids. Some benefits of Omega 3: Improved brain health, healthy vision, absorption of fat soluble vitamins, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced inflammation & reduced cancer risk. Benefits of Omega 6: strong bones, healthy skin & reduced PMS symptoms.