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2496 Healthy eating in diabetes: The importance of managing your fat intake

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We all need some fat in our diet but eating too much makes us more likely to become overweight and increases our chance of developing heart disease and having a stroke. There are three main types of fat – saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Most foods contain a mixture of these three fats and some are better for our health than others. Saturated Fats include hard fats such as lard, butter and the fat on meat. They are also found in products such as pastries, cakes, biscuits and in full fat dairy foods. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. At the moment UK guidelines encourage us to swap saturated fats for unsaturated fats. Unsaturated Fats and oils are found generally in plant foods such as seeds and grains, nuts, vegetables and fruit. They can be either polyunsaturated fat found in sunflower, soya, corn, and sesame oils, or monounsaturated fat like olive, rapeseed and avocado oils. Research suggests that monounsaturated fat is particularly beneficial, as it helps to promote a healthier type of cholesterol in our blood. Trans Fats are Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils. These are vegetable oils, which have been processed to make them hard. This also makes them less healthy. They are found in processed foods, such as cakes pastries, and biscuits. Omega 3 Fats are a group of unsaturated fats called ‘essential’ fatty acids, as they cannot be made in sufficient amounts in the body. Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, pilchards and sardines are excellent sources of these fats. Plant foods can also provide these in much smaller amounts, for example rapeseed, soya, flax, linseed oils, and walnuts. These important fats can help prevent the blood from clotting and help regulate the heart rhythm. Recommendations differ for different groups of people but aim to eat at least portion of oily fish a week, ideally from a sustainable source and speak to a dietitian about your maximum amount. Remember fats form an important part of our diet; they provide the body with energy and with some important vitamins (for example, vitamins A & D). They also contain essential fats, which the body is unable to make for itself and can be protective to the body.

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Posted by: richardwh on Nov 11, 2015

2496 Healthy eating in diabetes: The importance of managing your fat intake

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