Fat has had a bad connotation associated with it over the past 50 years. Society has hopped onto trends of low- fat dieting and coining fat-free products whenever possible. The truth is, we need fat in our body. Fat is a valuable source of energy. It is one of the three macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs). They are mainly composed of triglycerides and smaller amounts of sterols and phospholipids. Fats provide essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble phytochemicals for the body.
Chapter 1- A Day in the Life
20-35% of the body’s daily needs should come from dietary fat intakes. Variables which impact your need include: your age, gender and physical activity levels. In a 2000-calorie diet, this accounts for about 44-78 grams of fat. We get 9 calories per gram of fat making it the most energy dense of the three macronutrients.
Chapter 2- Sources of Healthy Fat
Good sources of healthy fat include nuts, seeds, fish, oils and avocados. To get a better picture: half...
There is a lot of debate between people on whether or not soy is beneficial so what's the scoop?
Here are the soy specifics I think everybody should be informed about!
1. Soy comes from the soybean plant. It is classified in the legume family.
2. Soy contains high quality protein, comparable to that of meat products chicken and eggs.
3. Breast cancer: There has been plenty of research completed on the potential health benefits and the safety of soy. Soy foods, but not supplements, may help to prevent breast cancer. More research is needed to understand the specific amount and to better understand soy's role in breast cancer prevention. For breast cancer survivors, 2 servings a day is safe to consume.
4. Heart health: Replacing high fat animal foods such as meat and dairy with soy foods can be heart healthy. A small decrease in LDL (lousy) cholesterol is typically found when at least 20 grams of soy protein daily ( eg 1 cup of soy milk).