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Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly

Are you confused about the amounts and kinds of fat you should include in your diet? Just about everyone is. For decades, we have been advised to limit fats. But our bodies need certain types of fat throughout our lives. The brain needs fat for its development during infancy and childhood and for normal function in adulthood. Fat is also needed for the absorption of some essential vitamins, the manufacturing of hormones and a wide range of normal metabolic activities.

The Good

The body needs only certain types of fats—omega-6s and omega-3s. These polyunsaturated fats are called essential fatty acids (EFAs) because the body can’t function without them and can’t produce them on its own. Omega-6s, found in animal foods, are necessary for proper body function, but only in limited quantities because Continue reading Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly

Why It’s OK to Eat Whole Eggs Again

For decades we have been advised to limit our consumption of foods high in cholesterol, such as red meat, dairy products and eggs. It is the egg yolk that is rich in cholesterol, while the white contains only protein and no cholesterol or fat. Hence, egg-white choices on breakfast menus have become commonplace.

Cholesterol is not a demon. We need cholesterol for building a variety of essential hormones, including the sex hormones. All the cholesterol the body needs, however, is produced by the liver. Scientists held until recently that the cholesterol in animal foods, which are high in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as the “bad cholesterol”, ends up accumulating in the lining of the arteries. Once the LDL hardens, it becomes dangerous plaque, which can break away and cause a stroke or heart attack.

Bad Fats Not High-Cholesterol Foods to Blame

The new understanding about cholesterol in food, based on recent Continue reading Why It’s OK to Eat Whole Eggs Again