Rants and Raves of an American Mom

March 27, 2009

Fats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

The good, the bad and the ugly fats –


One of the more dangerous dietary trends today is the low
fat or no fat obsession.

Look at the grocery stores shelves and you’ll see
thousands of products that are touted as low-fat, non-fat
or reduced fat.

But what so many fat-resistant people don’t realize is
that ALL fat is not the enemy.

Just the bad fats are.

Bad fats are saturated fats and trans fats.  These fats
raise your cholesterol, clog your arteries, pack on the
pounds and shorten your life. 

Here’s a quick low down on the bad fats:

1) Saturated fats:  These come from animals – all types of
meat and dairy products (including lard, butter and cream).
Other sources are palm and palm kernal oil.

2) Trans-fats:  They come from hydrogenated or partially
hydrogenated oils (like shortening and margarine). margarine
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are used in
most processed snack foods, cookies, side dishes, snack
cakes and most bakery goods.

Now, food manufacturers know that people are leary of
fats, and since they want to make sure their profits stay
high, they create low-fat or non-fat versions of their
products.  You’ll even see them proudly proclaim “No Trans
Fats!” on many of the labels and boxes. 

What they fail to tell you is that in place of the fat,
they’ve put in…


That’s right.  Lots and lots of sugars.  They’ve got to
make the stuff taste good somehow, and sugar does the
trick.  Remember, low-fat or non-fat doesn’t mean zero

And most times the sugar comes in the form of high
fructose corn syrup–the single worst form of sugar on the

So it’s basically smoke and mirrors…”It’s GOOD for you!”

Uhhhh, no.

They also add artificial flavorings and chemicals when
sugar won’t do. 

Bottom line here is to stay away from foods with bad fats
AND their low-fat or non-fat cousins–neither will allow
you to have any measure of decent health so you can do all
the fun, wonderful things you want to do in your very long

Now for the good fats:olive-oil

Good fats play a VITAL role in our bodies, and not getting
enough of them leads to nutritional deficiency,
inflammation and tissue degeneration.

Here are just some of the amazing things good fats do:

* They help construct cell membranes, produce hormones and
eliminate acidity. 

* They protect your organs, help keep you warm and help
your body absorb nutrients.

* They lubricate your joints, provide energy and help
protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke,
arteriosclerosis and blood clots.

* They can help relieve arthritis, asthma, PMS, allergies,
skin problems and behavioral disorders.

* They boost brain function.

Good fats are also called essential fatty acids,
monunsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

Raw (not roasted) nuts, seeds and avocados are all great
sources of good fats. 

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout are
also sources of good fats.

Good fat oils include olive oil, safflower oil, soybean
oil, borage oil, fish oil, evening primrose oil and
grapeseed oil.

Just remember, these oils are good unless they have been
hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.  Then, they are
very, very bad.

When shopping for oils, look for those that are cold-
pressed and are in a dark container. –they have not been
subjected to heating, are the freshest and are less likely
to be rancid.

The recipes in the Great Taste No Pain system   http://www.greattastenopain.com/cmdt.asp?id=943215

good, healthy oils and natural good fat food sources.  The
manuals also provide suggestions for delicious alternatives
(to bad fats like margarine and shortening).

You don’t need to make all fat your enemy any longer.  Let
Great Taste No Pain be your guide to enjoying health-
enhancing good fats.     


~ Sherry Brescia


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