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Saturday, July 16, 2011
Martha's Minute: Foods for Life
Some Fat is Good for You
Fat is a vital nutrient that your body needs for a wide range of biological processes, including growth, healthy skin, and absorption of nutrients. It's also an important fuel source. Eating the right fats, in moderation, will help you feel full faster, and in turn, decrease your appetite. They can even help lower your risk of heart disease by reducing your levels of total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
Good. Mono- and poly-unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids (from coldwater fish, nuts, flaxseed oil) are healthy.
Bad. Trans fast (from hydrogenated oils and processed foods) are harmful.
Disease alert. Saturated and trans fats can increase your risk of heart disease by increasing your total and LDL cholesterol.