Category: Fats

The Scoop on Dietary Fats

What About You?

Confusion abounds about dietary fats and oils. Some say all fats are bad to eat, unsightly to wear (depending on distribution), and a harbinger of premature death regardless of age. On the other hand, some gorge daily on a smorgasbord of saturated fats, trans fats, and other unhealthful foods. In the middle are those who are puzzled, confused, fed-up, or just plain indifferent about the whole matter!

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Trans Fats

You could improve your heart health by making your own desserts—especially desserts that are fruit-based & whole grain-based. How? Use cold-pressed oils instead of regular oils, margarine, or saturated fats like lard or butter. Why? The usual refining of oils requires repeated heating that compromises the quality of fats so that they have adverse effects on blood vessels.

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Coconut and Palm Oils: Are They Good for Your Heart?

Pearly white coconut oil looks harmless enough. Coconut oil is growing a reputation as being a healthful alternative for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. However, coconut oil, a saturated fat, may not be good for everyone; therefore, the claims need close examination, and you may be surprised at some conclusions!

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Walnuts to the Rescue

If you are obese, have a pot-belly, metabolic syndrome, or diabetes, daily consumption of walnuts will help you. Why? Like most nuts, walnuts are rich in fiber, anti-oxidants, unsaturated oils, and blood vessel health-promoting minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

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The Best Fats for Heart Health and Diabetes

You will be happy to know that the best fats for your cardiovascular health come in a variety of flavors and can be used in so many delicious dishes.

The best fats are literally nutritional powerhouses. Although tree nuts are high in fat, they contain fiber, high-quality protein, potassium, magnesium, anti-inflammatory compounds, and antioxidants. Predominately the fats in nuts are composed of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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