Monounsaturated & Polyunsaturated

They tell me not all fat is the same and not all of them are bad for us. Monounsaturated fat comes from healthy oils found in plant foods such as olives, nuts, and avocados. Polyunsaturated fat that is found in walnuts, pecans, and brazil nuts contain a better fat than what we find in many other nuts that have a higher content of monounsaturated fat. I realize Americans like to eat and therefore this is why I would like to note that a measured amount of any kind of fat is best.

It's interesting to note that many believe polyunsaturated fat is preferred over monounsaturated fat. However, monounsaturated fat can also be healthy for us if we can control the portion size. In 2001, a Harvard researchers report showed that moderate-fat diets actually produce better weight loss results in the long run than low-fat diets. However, it was the Spanish study that gave researchers the ability to uncover the notion that a single type of dietary fat targets such a specific area of the body.

Now remember some great sources for monounsaturated fat are nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, and avocados. And it's this monounsaturated fat that have been linked to over all weight loss in previous studies, including a report published in the British Journal of Nutrition, which found that a monounsaturated rich diet helped people lose small amounts of weight and body fat without changing their calorie intake.

Another report found that a breakfast high in Monounsaturated fat could boost calorie burn for five hours after the meal, particularly in people with higher amounts of belly fat. However, it's the additional health benefits that make this type of dietary fat so unique.

It can prevent and control type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering the bad LDL cholesterol levels and boosting the good HDL. A three year Italian study found that diets high in monounsaturated fat from nuts and olive oil also helped reduce markers of inflammation, a known trigger for aging and disease.

Also another very good fat that is called omega 3 and omega 6 are found in seeds, walnuts, pecans, grains, leafy vegetables, flaxseeds, nuts, and fish. And fish or any kind of sea food is a great source for the omegas because it comes in a ready made balanced formula of both omega 3 and omega 6. Eating fish twice a week and plenty of vegetables regularly is a fantastic way to achieve the good fat that our body requires.

There are many people who believe a diet rich in meat protein is not for the human body since our teeth are designed to grind and chew and not to rip and tear. It seems logical for us to eat less animal fat if we just look at the basic make-up of the human body that suggest a diet rich in vegetables and other plant foods.

There is a large amount of research devoted to how fruits and vegetables protect the body from the cause of cancer. We have hundreds (perhaps by now more like thousands) of studies from all over the world that show that those who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are least likely to develop any type of cancer.

It's hard for any reasonably clear thinking person not to believe that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the diet that humans are biologically suited for. And yet most of us live on a diet that is high in processed fat. And again, when the heart is collapsing or when strokes and cancers are causing damage to our body... we then look up towards heaven and ask why.

Fruits and vegetables may have some substance that help us fight cancers. However, it is probably more true that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables help our immune system to be able to protect us against cancer-causing substances.

And by the way, cows milk should have given many of us a clue that such a name "Cows Milk" was designed to produce a 500 pound barn animal. What on earth are grown humans doing drinking it? We should be eating more fish, nuts, vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains which are an excellent source for antioxidants.

In our life time it has been taught that eating three times a day is the only sensible scheduled times that we should eat. I'm not completely sure who came up with the idea of eating three square meals a day, but I do believe this is something that someone built around their modern day work schedule. When I was a child I questioned this concept and was told that this was the way God had set it up.

I am not suggesting that we skip breakfast only to make up for it with snacks during the day. But I do believe that something more like five smaller meals throughout the day would be better than three larger meals. There is no need to store it up like if we were a camel or perhaps cattle fatting up for the slaughter.

There have been studies that compared those who ate three regular meals a day to those who ate six smaller meals a day. It was found that those who ate more smaller amounts of food per day were able to stimulate their body for a more rapid metabolism. This makes perfect sense when you really sit down and think about it logically. What's happening to the metabolic rate is that the body is using more energy that is coming in without the necessary effect of having the body store the food and shutting down the metabolism while it waits.

Now don't snack on high fat foods like snack bars, cakes, chips, pastries, or chocolate if your going to try to eat more often during the day. And if your already eating too much... then make sure your extra meals a day do not turn out to be your now "normal three" large meals a day along with your "new three" regular meals. In other words, unless you plan this out it could turn into a tempting disaster.


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