Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dietary Fat is Not The Enemy!

Fat and carbohydrates are two of the most victimized macronutrients.

But the truth is that consuming too much of either nutrient is what makes you fat,  fat doesn't inherently make you fat. Obviously, it is easier to overeat with a fattier food because fat packs such an energy punch (9 kcal for a fat gram vs. 4 kcal for carbohydrate gram), but that doesn't mean we should just cut fat out of our diets. So when you're choosing your snacks for the day, consider adding a serving of nuts.
According to a several studies, nuts help lower bad cholesterol levels significantly, and it only takes about two and a half servings of nuts a day to reap the benefits. When you're looking for nuts, oven roasted or natural is best. Oil roasted is alright, but shouldn't be a first choice.  Nuts also provide fiber to your diet, so between the fiber and the fat they can help you feel fuller for longer.

My personal favorite nut is the almond.  I eat them in my oatmeal,  a serving with an apple in the afternoon.  Walnuts are also a great choice too, because they provide omega-3s. I recently read an article in my newest Runner's World that recommends brazil nuts as well. A single nut contains more than 100% of the RDA for selenium and selenium is important in creating antioxidant enzymes in the body.

Go nuts! :)

What's your favorite nut? And peanuts don't count, because they're actually legumes. Lemme know in a comment down below!

Which Nut Is Tops for Clearing Arteries? by RealAge
Natural Defense, Runner's World September 2011