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Monday, March 16, 2009

Fats Are Good For You, but its the type of fat

Written by Tena Moore

Fat-free foods are popular among Westerners. Funny enough, their waistlines keep growing and lifestyle diseases are among the largest causes of death. Researchers have been trying to find out why and the culprit seems to be fat, but it’s probably not what you think. They are finding that it’s not the amount of fat eaten that causes weight gain and an unhealthy disposition, but the kind of fat that is eaten.

One study found that the current Western diet is made up of the same amount of fat as the old hunter gatherer’s diet – 35% - 40% fat. The difference was the type of fat. Other studies have found that certain populations eat high fat diets, but because of the types of fats they eat, they have fewer cases of cancer, obesity, and heart disease.

Researchers are finding that eating a healthy fat diet of fresh fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon, and healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil and flax seed oil, is actually good for you. They also suggest eliminating all trans fats, also known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, which are known to raise cholesterol levels and contribute to many diseases.

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