Monday, September 15, 2008

Day 169- Nutrition Bite

Some fat is needed for good health but no more than 30 percent of your total calories. Fats supply energy and essential fatty acids and promote absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Most people are aware that high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet are linked to increased blood cholesterol levels and a greater risk for heart disease. More Americans are now eating less fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol-rich foods than in the past. Still, many people continue to eat high-fat diets; the number of overweight people has increased; and the risk of heart disease and certain cancers remain high. People who carry extra weight in the abdomen are at greater risk for disease than those with fat in the thighs and hips. Vigorous exercise and a healthy diet will help reduce abdominal fat.

Sugar Preacher's Experience

Fat can be more interesting than sugar at times. I have seen people consume about 70% of the total calories from fat, and those people carry extra abdominal weight. I don't consume enough fat in my diet and watching people overeat fat can be repulsive at times. My goal this week is to eat more nuts, avocado, and fish since shunning sugar seems like second nature. However, I did take a bite of the school cafeteria peach cobbler today. It appeared healthy with oats and peaches, but I immediately tasted the excessive amount of sugar and didn't take another bite. Nevertheless, set a nutrition goal this week and have fun with it...

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