We are constantly confused about what fat we should eat for our health…..
1) ‘Eat all foods as close to how nature intended as possible.’
2) ‘Do not eat any fats in excess.’
There is a huge commercial market in transformed fats that are alleged to be good for your health. Polyunsaturated fats that are liquid at room temperature are processed, commonly by partial hydrogenation, to form a solid product as margarine, at room temperature and this process generates trans fats which are now known to cause health problems. The changes that occur during these processes change the molecular structure of the fat and we as humans do not have the ability to utilise these fats in the same way as the naturally occurring forms. This leads onto issues such as obesity and cardiovascular problems. Manufacturers have now changed some of the processes to reduce the formation of trans fats, however this is yet another process for us unwitting consumers to be challenged by. Then there are many additives to these products, to try and mock the flavour of the natural products – another story on its own!
Low fat foods
So many people worry about the fat in their diet. They have been advised to use low fat products (which is also a huge commercial market) and here again many undesirable ingredients are often added to give a flavour that the unassuming public will find appetizing. In most cases artificial sweetening and flavours, along with refined sugars are added to enhance the flavour lost by the reduction in fat and this has a much greater potential to affect arterial health and encourage obesity than the moderate use of fat in their natural form.
This causes a great controversial debate and is a topic bigger than this blog, so in the last few words; to aid cholesterol management: exercise daily, avoid food excesses and eat foods as nature intended. Dr Brian McDonough’s book ‘How to reduce cholesterol naturally’, provides some further interesting reading, however to note from this it is now known that eggs are an excellent food to eat regularly and do not promote undesirable serum cholesterol.