Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dietary Fats : Pros and Cons

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Today on my blog , we bring another guests post by one of my fellow blogger friend from Maui, Hawaii named Gina Ryan.Gina is a licensed nutritionist and Wellness coach from Hawaii.Read her Bio on the About page or visit her blog Lunch Without Ed.

Fat. The word itself will bring up something for most people and fro many it isn't pretty! Love it or hate it we find it back in the news, now with the scientific community saying the science was not really there all along.

The low fat craze began with the best of intentions and for those who were overindulging in the macro nutrient, lowering their fat intake was probably a good idea. The trouble began when people began to cut the entire nutrient out of their diets. Going from low fat to no fat and fake fat -all the while the population got heavier and yes fatter. Not everyone- just those caught in the cracks. By cracks I am speaking of people who listen to the advertisers.

Reading a no fat box of cookies made one feel they could enjoy the treat free of concern of the impact it may have on their health, because low fat or non fat was the new way to be eating for weight loss and heart health. That is what the makers of the no fat cookie wanted you to believe. Yet it was not true. That box of cookies gave no satisfaction and hence the entire box could have been eaten to try to get the sense that something yummy and satisfying was just eaten and it was full of sugar. Food consists of micro and macro nutrients and the fact is fat is one of the three macro nutrients and the health and well-being of the human body depends on a regular amount of it, the real thing.

9 Places Fat is Essential

1. Brain – Fats compose 60% of the brain and are essential to brain function, including learning abilities, memory retention and moods. Fats are especially important for pregnant women, since they are integral to fetal brain development.

2. Cells – Fatty acids help your cells stay flexible, as well as building cell membranes.

3. Digestion – Fats slow down the digestion process so the body has more time to absorb nutrients. Fats help provide a constant level of energy and also keep the body satiated for longer periods of time. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) can only be absorbed if fat is present.

4. Eyes – Fats are essential to eye function.

5. Heart – 60% of our heart’s energy comes from burning fats. Specific fats are also used to help keep the heart beating in a regular rhythm.

6. Immune System –Some fats ease inflammation, helping your metabolism and immune system stay healthy and functioning.

7. Lungs – Lung surfactant, which requires a high concentration of saturated fats, enables the lungs to work and keeps them from collapsing.

8. Nerves – Fats compose the material that insulates and protects the nerves, isolating electrical impulses and speeding their transmission.

9. Vital Organs – Fats cushion and protect your internal organs.

So take another look at your fat intake and let it be from the most natural state possible, this will help eliminate the trans fats without even trying! Look at using butter, ghee, cold water fish, avocado, nuts, eggs with the yolks, coconut oil and olive oil to name a few. Using fat in a balanced manner is the key to a healthy and satisfying diet for life.

Posted by Gina Ryan .

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3 comments: on "Dietary Fats : Pros and Cons"

Anonymous said...

can you clarify about "take another look at your fat intake and let it be from the most natural state possible".


Ryan Biddulph said...


Great insight.  A balanced diet is the best.  God knew what he was doing when he designed us ;)  It's keeping to the basics, eathing in moderation, and focusing on consuming natural foods.  It's simple but most tend to complicate it looking for short-cuts or magic pills.


Gina said...

@ Guest- Take another look now after reading about the benefits of healthy fats and see if you can add the beneficial fats while letting them be from the most natural state possible and eliminating the trans fats.Ex: using butter, ghee, cold water fish, avocado, nuts, eggs with the yolks, coconut oil and olive oil and most of all enjoy them!

@Ryan- Mahalo for your comment and seeing the benefits in a balancesd and simple way of eating. :)
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