Saturday, February 24, 2007

Trans fats are not the only problem

The new awareness of trans fat has an unfortunate side effect -- people are ignoring other kinds of fat.

Don't get me wrong -- we all need some fat in our diet. But, there are two problems with the way most people are eating fat today.

1) First, we are excessive with fat - Americans especially eat far too much fat, along with processed foods. We don't need to remove fats from our diets, but we do need to limit the amount we eat.

2) We need to watch what kind of fats we are eating. Removing trans fat from our diets is a good step - but it is only the first step. Watch processed, hydrogenated oils and try to avoid them. Limit the number of saturated fats you eat -- these are the ones found in butter and other dairy and meat products. Saturated fats are also in palm oils, although there is some debate about whether these are less harmful than those found in animal products

So, I guess my point is -- I'm thrilled to see the removal of trans fat from our daily diets -- but we have to watch our overall fat intake and eat healthy produce, whole grains and other natural whole foods.