Five facts about fat

28 May 2014

As a mom you want to protect your family against illness. Cardiovascular disease is a serious matter and statistics show about 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes happen daily in South Africa. Here are some interesting facts about fat to help you make healthy choices.

As a mom you want to protect your family against illness. Cardiovascular disease is a serious matter and statistics show about 130 heart attacks and 240 strokes happen daily in South Africa. Here are some interesting facts about fat to help you make healthy choices.

Some of the factors you can change in your family's lifestyle include, insufficient activity and a bad diet. There are also of course factors you won’t be able to change such as gender, age and family history of cardiovascular disease. But adopting a low-fat diet is a good starting point. Naazneen Khan, a nutrition and health manager at Nestlé South Africa , gives the following tips:

  1. Not all fats are created equal. Unsaturated fat, including olive and canola oils, nuts, avocados and omega 3 oils, is considered “healthy” fat.
  2. Saturated and trans fats, including butter, cheese and cream, are considered to be “unhealthy” fat and should be limited.
  3. The recommended dietary guidelines suggest 20 to 30 per cent of your total energy should come from fat, with less than 10 per cent of energy coming from saturated fat.
  4. Don’t assume all foods displaying the word “light” are low in fat or kilojoules/calories. The term “light” or “lite” on a food label may also mean the food is light in fat, light in salt, light in colour or even light in taste.
  5. 5 g fat is equal to one teaspoon of fat (picture a teaspoon of butter). If food says it has 30 g fat per serving, it’s equivalent to eating about six teaspoons of butter. That’s a lot of fat in one serving, so look for a lower-fat version.

Source: Naazneen Khan on behalf of Nestlé South Africa. For more helpful tips on how to adopt a healthy diet, go to the Nutrition, Health & Wellness tab on Nestlé’s website at nestle.co.za.

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