Friday, April 26, 2013

The Skinny on Your Fat

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Is Low Fat the Key to Weight Loss?
You might think eliminating all the fat in your diet will help you lose weight, but humans can’t live without dietary fat. Fat is actually essential for absorbing vitamins that are fat-soluble, and provides a source of energy for your body. Fat also enhances the flavor of food, and keeps you satisfied between meals.



What’s All the Fuss About Bad Fat?
Bad Fats (saturated and trans fats) deserve a bad reputation – they are guilty of damaging cholesterol levels and clogging arteries. Consuming too much Bad Fat can put you at risk for developing heart disease. Bon’App Monitors Your Daily Bad Fat Intake!
 
Good Fats (mono- & poly-unsaturated) are dietary superstars! They can lower bad cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease.

 The Key to Healthier Eating
It’s easy to eat too much Bad Fat in so many of your favorite foods. The key to healthier eating is to choose foods that contain Good Fat instead of Bad Fat.


Examples of Foods that Contain Good Fat
Olive  Oil                            Nuts                             Fish
                                
         Use olive oil for cooking.   Snack on almonds.    Grill salmon for dinner. 

Examples of Foods that Contain Bad Fat
                  Fried Foods               Solid Fats (butter)          Meats (non-lean)
                                
Eat fried foods in moderation, and try using canola oil for baking instead of butter or margarine. Rather than choosing steak, try skinless chicken breast instead.
Bon'App Can Help You Avoid Bad Fat!  

Monitor Your Bad Fat Intake
Adults should get 20-35% of total calories from dietary fat (mostly Good Fat and not so much Bad Fat).

As a registered Bon’App user, you should monitor your daily intake. This is very important. Your Bad Fat battery starts out green then changes to yellow, and red as you reach your daily limit.

Just tell your phone the food you are thinking of eating, i.e. say “pizza” or
“Taco Bell taco” and find out how much Bad Fat is in this food.

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