Thursday, September 19, 2013
I used to believe that ALL fats were BAD. I thought FATS made you FAT. I was actually anorexic in high school, getting down to 105 pounds at my current height. My breasts shriveled up to nothing. I was just skin and bone and could have died. I survived on plain lettuce and jello. Crazy !
Now I know that polyunsaturated fats like those in soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils are good for you. And mono-unsaturated fats found in olive oil and canola oil are really good for you. You need some fats in your diet.
I still try to avoid saturated fats like those in whole milk dairy products and processed meats like bacon and sausage. I try to get plenty of omega-3's (the good fat) in salmon and nuts and sunflower seeds. (I didn't have an avocado in the house for the picture which also has the good kind of fat).
Now what is the arch-villain, you ask? Well THAT, of course, is the TRANS-FATS or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils found in baked goods and processed foods. Notice the donuts and muffins which I avoid at all costs. You may wonder why they're in the house at all. My sweetheart is super-skinny and needs all the fattening things he can get. I know. It's not fair. Us normal people can't eat sweets like that. Some people have all the luck - eating anything in sight and staying thin.
My neighbor asked the other day if he should use margarine or butter and I got into and "sermon" about fats. His only comment was, "I was just wondering. I didn't expect a LESSON !"
Bottom line: some fats are healthy like those found in fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds. Trans-fats should be avoided at all costs.
Happy Sparking Everybody !