Dietary Fat 101

| 6/24/2013 11:42:00 AM

Dietary fat has always been a hot topic for debate. It's good one day, bad the next. From the emergence of the Atkins diet several decades ago to the fat-free craze in the early 90s, dietary fat has been alternately embraced by many and shunned by others.

It’s safe to say that at least amidst all of the confusion, there is agreement among most experts that quality is crucial and we have to shift our focus away from simply "fat is good" or "fat is bad." Sure, there is still some debate about quality fat—some say butter is the new healthy food and coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat. But what’s true? And why can’t we all just get along?

So here to sort through all the hype is what I'm calling the "Fit Fat Guide," a step-by-step guide of what to choose, and what to lose.

Dietary Fat 101

First things first, artificial trans fat is dangerous. It increases your risk of heart disease. It may be tied to causing an increase in dangerous belly fat, which makes it doubly bad, and so much more. So anytime you see the word hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated on a food ingredient list, put the item back on the shelf!

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There's another fat that is just as bad as trans fat, and it may surprise you. It's soybean oil. Though you may not use soybean oil in and of itself, it's in many packaged, processed products. Don't believe me? Check out most foods in your cabinets and refrigerator. 

6/27/2013 12:23:39 PM

Your statement rubbished commonly understood benefits of the "Essential" Fatty Acid Omega 6 (e.g. and failed to

include any commonly held scientific data regarding the appropriate ratio of 3 to 6.

Can you quote the study that you spoke of so we may make "an informed decision"

I am a little surprised a PhD would report in such a contrary manner?