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Tip # 5- Eat More Fats

For the past 40 years Americans have been relentlessly told that they need to eat a Low Fat Diet.  Processed and packaged food producers have learned that the quickest way to sell their product is to find a way to put “Low Fat” on their label.  But is this really healthier?

Cutting the fat out of your diet means you have to get your daily calorie intake from other sources.  Typically that means putting more carbohydrates in your diet.  For about 40% of the population, increasing their carbohydrate intake actually raises their cardiovascular and diabetes risks.

The other problem is that the admonition to eat a low fat diet does not differentiate between the good fats and the bad fats.  Diets high in saturated fats raise health risks.  Diets high in poly-unsaturated fats are actually good for you.  Foods such as whole grains, nuts and fish that are high in omega-3 and poly-unsaturated fats lower cardiovascular risk. 

Fats also help many of us control our weight better.  Even though 1 gram of fat has 9 calories and 1 gram of carbohydrates has just 4 calories, high carbohydrate diets tend to promote weight gain.  Eat 500 calories of carbohydrates for breakfast and you are likely to be hungry by mid-morning.  Your blood sugar spikes up and then comes crashing down a couple of hours later, leaving you feeling lethargic and famished.  A breakfast with 500 calories of healthy fats and protein is likely to cause a slower rise in your blood sugar, avoid the sugar crash and keep your hunger feeling satisfied for longer.  The end result: you may eat fewer calories per day and find it easier to control your weight.

For many of us, two eggs, turkey bacon and cup of coffee is likely to be a healthier breakfast than a glass of orange juice and a muffin.  The juice and the muffin are a huge load of sugar that can raise insulin levels and increase inflammation.  Don’t avoid fats, just choose them wisely. 

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