Traditional food is delicious, nourishing, consistent, and mainly based on fats. With the aid of numerous informing campaigns we all seem to know about the negative effects of fats, as: increasing cholesterol level, tiring liver and pancreas, and affecting blood vessels.
Nevertheless our body needs a regular 20% fat based diet, because fats are responsible for:
- good brain activity (learning and storage abilities), balancing mentality/mood;
- fetus brain development while still in womb;
- building cellular membranes and increasing cellular flexibility;
- heart energizing: fat burning provides 60% of the hearts energy;
- eye health;
- slowing down digestion-giving the body enough time to absorb the necessary nutrients;
- the good absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K).
In order to avoid/fight off fat side effects, and to fully benefit of them, we must learn to make a difference between good and bad fats.
Generally animal original fats tend to harm us. These are saturated fats, and are responsible for cholesterol excess increase-which if not used is deposited on artery walls-leading to an increased mio-cardiac attack risk, as well as arterial thrombosis. Completely eliminating fats from your regular diet is a mistake because cholesterol is an elementary life substance, the human body synthesizing from it gall salts, sexual hormones etc.
A fully grown person needs a maximum 300mg cholesterol based daily diet. This quantity needing to be obtained from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat acids, which can be found in: fish, fish fat, vegetal originated products as: sunflower oil, wheat germs, nuts, soy, dry fruit and olive oil-the most important monounsaturated fat source.
Ways of reducing eaten cholesterol:
- eat as less red meat as you can (especially pork);
- choose low-fat dairy;
- base your daily diet on: fruit, vegetables and potherb-for these are rich in fibers;
- help your body burn fat by regularly exercising.