The Truth about Fat

Fat is one of those words that has many different meanings. When someone thinks of fat, they usually are thinking about that stuff that want to lose around their waste. Fat is so much more. It is how we obtain fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin E and Vitamin A, it is responsible both for causing inflammation and helping reduce it, depending on the type of fat that is making its way in to the body. In our food it can help satisfy hunger for longer periods of time, and be a crucial source of energy, it can also be very dangerous and harmful to our health. Trans fats, like those found in most pre-packaged baked goods and margarine are a true health threat affecting every cell they contact, right down to our DNA. Fat can also go rancid, but often it is hard to tell because fat doesn’t give off a particular smell to let you know, at least not for quite some time. Rancid oil however is not healthful. It is best to keep your oils in tightly closed dark bottles, and away from heat. Even foods like whole grains can have oils that go rancid, so keep your grains away from heat and light as well. Examples of healthy oils would be olive, butter, walnut, grape seed, and coconut. Unhealthy oils would be any oil that is partially hydrogenated, trans fats, most vegetable oil like corn, soy, safflower, and canola, and rancid oils. If you would like to learn more about fat please read the newsletter on Fats in our Nutrition section and please come to my next Doc Talk on Wednesday, March 14, where we will discuss how fat can help us age gracefully if we know what to do. See you there!

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