260413 A fat savvy guide-part one

A fat savvy guide-part one

You may be surprised that some of the foods you thought were good for you are loaded with fat. For instance, granola bars generally contain a great deal of fat, as does packaged popcorn and those crunchy healthy sounding veggie chips too.

Take this challenge. Before putting anything in your grocery sack or more importantly, in your mouth, look at the label.

The first thing to check for is the amount of total fat contained in one serving. Some foods have so many calories in the container that a serving can be extremely small. Once you know how big a serving is, then it is time to start looking at the types of fat your potential food choice has in it.

Not all fats are bad for you, however too much of any fat is. Two of the biggest offenders are saturated and trans fats. Both, when eaten in excess, tend toward clogging your arteries.

Recently, a review of forty-eight studies found that simply replacing the heart clogging saturated fats with healthier ones could reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems by 14%. There is strong scientific evidence that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as found in avocados, wild salmon and trout, and in most vegetable oils can cut the risk of heart disease and other preventable problems.