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, but monounsaturated fat can also be healthy for us if we can control the portion size. A Harvard researchers report showed in 2001 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 idea that a single type of dietary fat can target 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, and 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 that is 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's 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 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 a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is the diet humans are biologically suited for, and yet most of us live on a diet that is high in processed fat. And so when the heart is collapsing or when strokes and cancer are causing damage to our body is when most of us often look up toward heaven and ask why. Fruits and vegetables may have some substance that help us fight cancer, but it's 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 therefore we should be eating more fish, nuts, vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains that are an excellent source for antioxidants.
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. Despite the hype, cow’s milk actually robs our bones of calcium because animal proteins produce acid when they’re broken down, and calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer. Our bodies have to use the calcium that the milk contains as well as some from our own bodies in order to neutralize and flush out the acids. So every glass of milk we drink leaches calcium from our bones, and that’s why medical study after medical study has found that people who consume the most cow’s milk have significantly higher fracture rates than those who drink little to no milk. What on earth are grown humans doing drinking cows milk?
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 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 five smaller meals a day, and 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 we really sit down and think about it logically. The metabolic rate of the body is using more energy when we eat smaller amounts without the necessary effect of having the body store the food that shuts down the metabolism while it waits.
We should not snack on high fat foods like snack bars, cakes, chips, pastries, or chocolate if we are going to try to eat more often during the day. And since most of us are probably already eating too much is why we should make sure our extra meals a day do not turn out to be our now "normal three" large meals a day along with our "new two" regular meals because without planning this could turn into a tempting disaster.
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