Showing posts with label low fat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label low fat. Show all posts

Jul 16, 2014

Ask the Doctor: Is Saturated Fat Bad for You?

The Facts on Fat

Topics: Weight Loss, Obesity, Health

Are you trying to eat right? You're probably overwhelmed with dieting tips and information--some good and some downright incorrect. Just when you thought you knew what you were doing, another new study comes out and changes everything.

The Fat and Skinny on Fat

Doctors and dieting gurus have been harping on staying away from saturated fats, but the latest news challenges all that. Surprisingly, new evidence from a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine questions popular advice to cut out saturated fats and to eat polyunsaturated fats to prevent heart disease (and weight gain).

In the University of Cambridge study, researchers found no evidence supporting dietary guidelines of avoiding saturated fats to reduce heart disease risk. They also found that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements didn't have any significant effect on reducing cardiovascular disease either. Rather than focusing on macronutrients, we should consider the food groups our meals are based on.

Fat is still… fat

So, what do you do now? Should you start eating saturated fats with abandon? Not exactly. Until further research proves saturated fats are completely harmless, the secret to staying healthy, losing weight and lessening your chances of heart disease is still the same advice: eat a healthy diet, stay active and don’t smoke.

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Sources: ScienceDaily; Delish

May 2, 2013

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Jul 6, 2012

7 Easy Healthy Eating Tips to Slim Down

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By eating healthy, fresh foods you can get a great variety of flavor and lose weight at the same time. Here, we share a few tips on how to incorporate healthy foods in your diet and tell you what you can cut out for faster weight loss. It's not as complicated as you think, so read on.

1.) Eat your veggies
Filling your plate with a lot of fresh vegetables can help you lose weight. They can also keep you satisfied with their high water and fiber content.

Tip: Fill your plate with three different veggies so you not only get those nutrients in your diet, but also take in less calories. Also: season them with spices, lemon juice or olive oil and skip the salad dressing for a low-fat alternative.

2.) Soup it up
Including a healthy soup in your daily diet can keep you from eating too many calories. The key is to find a healthy soup that's broth-based, not creamy, and is low in sodium (many popular brands are very high in sodium, so look out).

Tip: Choose a low-calorie, low-sodium soup with a high vegetable content. Other healthy ingredients may include lentils and beans for extra fiber and protein.

3.) Tall drinks
Of course, it helps to only drink water, but whenever drinking a beverage, opt for a tall, skinny glass instead of a short, wide one. The reason? Studies show the tall glass provides a visual cue for you to drink as much as 25 to 35 percent less.

4.) Fresh breath
Looking for a simple way to keep snack attacks away? Chewing sugarless mint gum with a strong flavor has shown to be effective at preventing mindless snacking.

5.) A better pizza slice
When you eat or make your own pizza, you can make it healthier with the right toppings and ingredients.

Tip: Try low-fat or skim cheese, thin whole wheat crust and all-veggie toppings to lower the calories.

6.) Phase out soda
By replacing one soda a day with water instead, you can save yourself an extra 450 calories a day. One study showed that participants who drank soda regularly gained 2.5 pounds in a four-week period. By cutting out the unnecessary sugar, your teeth and waistline will thank you.

7.) Say no to bacon
Cutting out two slices of bacon can save you at least 100 calories a day, which can total a loss of up to 10 pounds in one year.

Tip: Instead, substitute other proteins such as tofu or eggs. Healthier bacon substitutions can include a turkey version (just make sure it is low in fat).

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Source: webmd.com

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Dec 27, 2011

Fattening 'Diet' Foods

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True, or False? Healthy Food, or no?

The real calorie, sugar and fat content of popular diet foods will surprise you. Learn here about the fat traps lurking in foods you think are healthy for you.

Yogurt

Flavored yogurt can be packed with as much as 31 grams of sugar per cup. Low-fat plain yogurt is a healthier choice and fat-free Greek yogurt has less sugar than plain yogurt but twice the amount of protein.

Sugar-free snacks

Sugar-free snacks such as cookies and candy are no better than the real thing. When sugar is removed, fat and calories are typically added, so it’s not helping your diet at all.

Trail mix

You have to be careful with the type of trail mix you buy. The kind with banana chips (which are usually deep-fried) or yogurt-covered raisins (which may contain partially hydrogenated oil) will have trans fats and saturated fats.

Veggie chips

With veggie chips, be on the lookout for potato chips posing as a healthy snack, as veggie chips are often just potato flour with food coloring with plenty of salt, fat and calories. Make sure they are made of an actual veggie, which would be the first ingredient listed.

Smoothies

Smoothies can contain as much as 500 calories and 17 grams of fat depending on what’s added to them in the mixer. Stay away from those with frozen yogurt, sorbet or sherbet added. Better yet, make your own with fruit only.

Ground turkey

Many healthy eaters turn to turkey as an alternative to beef, but it can sometimes be as fattening or even more so than beef. How so? Ground turkey contains skin and a 3-ounce serving can contain 13 grams of fat, which is three times the amount in lean ground beef. Make it a point to check nutrition labels and always opt for the leanest meat selection.

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Source: Fitness Magazine

Dec 21, 2011

How to Shop for Healthy Foods




You start off with good intentions, but you may not always grab the healthiest items at the grocery store. These quick tips show you how to shop smart so you buy the healthiest options.

Fruits and Veggies

Think colors of the rainbow when selecting fruits and veggies. As in, find items of all different colors to ensure you're getting a variety of key nutrients (not to mention adding variety to your diet).

Dairy

If you eat dairy products, try to find the low-fat options rather than whole fat. Also, avoid buying sweetened dairy products such as yogurt with fruit, which may have a lot of sugar added to it.

Bakery Items


Read the ingredient lists carefully. Stay away from anything with hydrogenated or partially hydrated oils, which are unhealthy transfats. Grab whole-grain or whole-wheat items instead of ones made with white flour. Also important: choose items high in fiber (the more the better).

Meats

With meats, the leaner the better. Look for pork or beef with the word "round" or "loin" in it, which means a leaner cut, and watch out for white marbling, which is fattier and has more calories. For lunch meats, go with the lower fat, low-sodium options.

Seafood


Fish choices with the pinkest hue are higher in omega-3 fats. And those with clear eyes; moist, shiny scales; and clean scent are your safest bet (a fishy scent is not a good sign!).

Frozen Foods

Frozen food products can often be the unhealthiest, so shop this section with caution. Check the sodium and fat content as well as number of calories. A healthy frozen food product would contain a good balance of the following: a variety of veggies, lean protein, moderate amount of healthy carbs and no more than 800 mg of sodium.

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Source: Fitness Magazine

Nov 29, 2011

Why Fat-Free Isn't the Way to Be

"Fat-free" products aren't what they're cracked up to be. They can actually cause more harm than good, and knowing the difference between low-fat and fat-free is essential if you want to lose weight.

"Fat-free foods" have to contain less than 0.5 grams of fat, while low-fat foods must contain 3 grams or less, "reduced-fat" products must have at least 25 percent less fat and "light" foods must have either 1/3 fewer calories or 50 percent lessfat, per the USDA.

With fat-free foods, manufacturers often have to add extra sugar, flour, salt and thickeners to give them more flavor, which also adds more calories and can make you gain weight.

What matters, however, is whether you are ingesting good fat vs. bad fat, and that the amount of fat in your overall diet is less than 30 percent. "Good" fat is heart healthy and includes monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and can keep you at a healthier weight. So can eating less saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

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Source: WebMD.com