Fat, Is It Healthy?

Fat-Friend or Foe

 

  1. Should fats be avoided in the diet for good health?
    Fats are essential to good health because they provide and store energy.  Fats are necessary to enhance the absorption of essential nutrients such as Vitamin A, D, E, and K.  They also play a crucial role in the production of some hormones.
  2. Does eating nuts regularly lead to obesity?
    No, in fact increased nut consumption does not increase body weight, waist size, or BMI.  There is also evidence that people who eat nuts live longer!
  3. Does eating fatty food cause disease?
    Not all fats cause disease.  There are good fats and bad fats in food.  Saturated fat and trans fats are harmful to the health and promote weight gain, clogging of arteries, insulin resistance which results in type 2 diabetes and many other chronic diseases.The fats that help prevent disease are the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. Do nuts prevent heart attacks and stroke?
    Yes, eating about 15-30 grams of nuts a day has been shown to reduce the risk of strokes by half, lower the blood cholesterol and blood sugars.
  5. Chicken is lean meat so isn’t it good for my health?
    Chicken is no longer a low fat protein source.  There is  three times more fat than protein in chicken.  At present, there is about 20 grams of fat per 110 grams of chicken which is 10 times more than it was 100 years ago.

MBBS, DO, DPHN
Ophthalmologist, Nutritionist

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