All Fat is Not Created Equal

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I want to revisit the topic of fat. There is a lot of buzz and quite a bit of confusion about fat. First, I want to state clearly that I don’t have all the answers. However, I just read the results of a study that I wanted to share with you.

First, we definitely know that the “low-fat” craze of the 90’s and early 2000’s was basically all wrong. People replaced fats of all kind with high-calorie empty carbohydrates. People were loading up on white bread, “fat-free” cookies (loaded with “fat-free” sugar), and junk – as long as these foods didn’t contain fat. Sugar doesn’t contain any actual fat, but our body turns it right into fat as soon as we eat it. Not good! Also, people were grouping all fats together. Saturated, unsaturated, trans – all were considered unhealthy.

In terms of fat, we absolutely know that trans-fats (those found in partially hydrogenated oils) are terrible for you. It is now banned in many places. There is still quite a bit of question about saturated fat – which brings me to the study I read. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, higher intake of polyunsaturated fats (PUFA’s) and whole grains significantly reduced participants’ risk of cardiovascular disease. Specifically, when individuals replaced saturated fat with PUFA’s and whole grains, their risk for cardiovascular disease dropped, in some cases, by 25%. That is a significant number.

This study will certainly not be the last word on this subject. We have a lot more to learn. However, when choosing fats, PUFA’s seem to be the way to go. Avocados, nuts, olives, and hearty-healthy oils are all great sources of PUFA’s. Fats can definitely be incredibly healthy. Just be sure to choose wisely!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!