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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Good Fats

I'm craving salmon right now. I don't really know why, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever craved it. ever. It's weird, I keep thinking about a slab of pink deliciousness and how long it's been since I've cooked myself some.

Man, this is making it so much worse.

Perhaps my body needs something that Salmon contains.... omega-3's? the "good fats"....hmmm, it's been a day or two since I've taken a fish oil capsule.

You might be wondering why I said "good fats"....isn't FAT a bad word? well...... just like with carbs, it all depends.....

I know, everything is so complicated now, but have no fear, my friend, I will help to spell it all out for you. Aren't you glad you're following this blog so that I can clear the confusion? ;-)

Like Avocados (yea, just a great excuse to grab some extra guac!) Salmon contains the "good fats". The fats that actually help out bodies. I like THIS article and maybe you will too.


Mamma Bear knows what the good stuff is!

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) provide many benefits to our bodies. Like any kind of media, we normally only hear about the bad, rarely the good. But please do not be fooled, your bodies NEED fats. Just the right kind. EFA help provide softer skin, are good for the heart (& some diabetes patients) and deliver fat-soluble vitamins.

So here's what throws people- when you read your nutrition label, most people trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle would opt for the foods with the least amounts of fat on the label. Be careful! The labels rarely say which fat it is! Opt out for anything that has "Trans fat" in it, of course and be weary of those products that have "hydrogenated-anything" as one of the first few ingredients in the list.

For those of you who did not open the link, here's a nice little blurb to reiterate what I am trying to preach ;-)
"Let's start with the good guys -- the unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. Both mono- and polyunsaturated fats, when eaten in moderation and used to replace saturated or trans fats, can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Polyunsaturated fats, found mostly in vegetable oils, help lower both blood cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels -- especially when you substitute them for saturated fats. One type of polyunsaturated fat is omega-3 fatty acids, whose potential heart-health benefits have gotten a lot of attention.
Omega-3s are found in fatty fish (salmon, trout, catfish, mackerel), as well as flaxseed and walnuts. And it's fish that contains the most effective, "long-chain" type of omega-3s. The American Heart Association recommends eating 2 servings of fatty fish each week."

I added the bold/italic/underline there in the middle, because, honestly people, MODERATION is what it's all about. Get your body the vitamins it needs by eating a variety of foods, but do so in moderation. (btw: exercise helps lower cholesterol too)

Okay, well dinner has been decided on, and I am having fish tacos. :-)
I do have a recipe for fish tacos that I love, but that will have to wait, I'm starving!

"I'm not on a diet, I'm just eating HEALTHY"