Bad Fats

Are all fats bad fats? No, there are good fats. Our bodies need and burn good fats for energy. There are fats to avoid like trans fats and most saturated fats. These are the fats we’ll be discussing.

These unhealthy fats tend to make our bodies acidic. Most diabetics suffer from an over acidic system due to their poor diets. Many of the following foods are made with partially hydrogenated fats and oils they should be eaten rarely or taken out of our diets.

Here is a list of bad fats:

Trans Fats - These are the artificially hydrogenated fats. Hydrogen molecules are bonded to heated unsaturated fats making them harder like margarine. The scientists have concocted these oils to increase shelf life. in so doing they create trans fatty acids. These fats are found in Microwave Popcorn, French Fries, Vegetable Shortening, Margarine, Processed foods and many other fried foods.

Trans Fatty Acids raise Total Cholesterol and the bad LDL Cholesterol. You’ll see these on food labels as partially Hydrogenated Oils. Usually these artery and cell clogging assassins are soybean or other vegetable oils. They won’t kill you today, but their effects accumulate over time to cause diseases that will.

Saturated Fats - These fats are solid at room temperature. They’re found in animal products like Meats, Eggs, Milk, Cheeses, Cream and other Dairy Products. They’re also found in Hydrogenated Coconut Oils, (not to be confused with Pure Coconut Oil) Cottonseed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil and Lard. Saturated fat raises cholesterol and the bad LDL Cholesterol.

There is a little controversy about pure virgin tropical oils like Coconut Oil and Palm Kernel oil. Some experts say they are damaging and others say that due to their fiber and protective phytochemicals that they are not harmful if used in moderation. Some say that the Soybean lobby has sullied the reputations of these oils. Since these Oils are saturated fats, they are guilty by association with other saturated fats. 50% of the fatty acids in pure virgin coconut oil are Lauric acids which have a strong anti-viral effect in our bodies.

Cholesterol - Cholesterol is a waxy fat produced by the body. Cholesterol is found in animal foods like Meats, Fowl, Dairy and Eggs. These foods may be part of our diets, but must be eaten in moderation.

Next: When a good fat goes bad!

Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid (efa’s) - Omega 6’s are a good fats if eaten in moderation. We need omega 6’s. The average American consumes excessive omega 6’s leading to an imbalance between omega 3 and omega 6 efa’s. This means we need to avoid eating so many foods with omega 6’s in them.

Common foods that are full of the bad fats:

Commercial baked Goods

Cookies and Crackers

Margarine and Vegetable Spreads

Dairy Products

Avoiding the bad fats is easier if you know which foods contain them. Whenever you buy a pre-packaged foods, read the labels. The total fat, trans fats and saturated fat contents are written there, available to be read by all who would protect themselves. These foods should be reduced and where feasible, eliminated from our diets.

A special note to diabetics: Diets high in these acidic bad fats can lead to insulin resistance. Improve your health by cutting out these bad fats and increasing your consumption of good foods. Doing so may lower your resistance to insulin, leading to better blood sugar control and less reliance on drugs to regulate your sugars.

See our article Best Foods for Diabetics for some ideas. A study in Norway found that there was also a link between drinking acid water and type 1 diabetes. Those whose water sources were more acid were more than three times as likely to be diabetic. See our article on Alkaline Water.

By changing our diets to exclude as many of these bad fats and eating the good fats, we can give our bodies the energy they need. Doing this will increase our metabolism, slim our waistlines and help us to attain the stable blood sugar readings we desire.

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