Fats – The Importance of Fats

Fats – The Importance of Fats

Let’s talk fats and the importance of it!! There are actually two forms of fats, saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are oils, such as olive and canola oils. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature like palm oil or coconut oil. I know you’re probably wondering, what’s the difference between the two? Unsaturated fat can benefit your health, while saturated fat can clog your arteries and increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. The human body needs both saturated fats and unsaturated fats to remain healthy; however the majority should come from unsaturated fats. According to the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee, the current recommendation of daily saturated fat intake is 25-35 percent. For those faithful calorie counters on a 2000 calorie a day diet, that’s less than 140 calories (or 16 grams) of saturated fats. Examples of this type of fat is meat and dairy foods such as fatty beef, lamb, pork, chicken with skin, whole milk, cream, butter, cheese and ice cream. So remember to limit your intake of these types of foods! Unsaturated fats are found in plant foods and fish. Stick with canola oil, olive oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil for cooking and food preparation to ensure you’re getting unsaturated fats. Oily fish – salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and trout – contain a type of unsaturated fat called omega-3 fatty acids, while most nuts and seeds contain a type of unsaturated fat called omega-6 fatty acids. Both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, and normal growth and development. Fats are a major fuel source for your...

Carbohydrates

The food we eat contains substances and minerals for cell growth, development and repair. These substances and materials are called NUTRIENTS There are 7 different classes of nutrients today we will discuss one. The Carbohydrate- is an organic compound that consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbs are an important and immediate source of energy. They are also used to build up other nutrients such as fats and proteins 3 main types of Carbs are: Starch which is a complex carb it is the storage form of carbohydrates in plants they are commonly found in rice, potatoes and bread. Sugar exists in different forms like Sucrose, Glucose and Maltose they can be found in fruits like apples The simplest forms of carbs are Fructose, Galactose and Glucose which is used in respiration to produce energy. Last but not least Dietary fibers Fiber contains a complex carb called cellulose. This is found mainly in plant cells. Foods that are rich in fiber include whole grain breads, cereals and vegetables. Fiber cannot be digested by the body and needs to be passed out from the body. In this way, it adds bulk to our feces and prevents...
Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks – Today’s article is to inform readers about the pros and cons of snacking and creating a plan of action on how to become a better “Snacker” the Hybrid Fit Food way!! People snack often because it’s convenient! We snack before and after meals and even in place of meals. The key to snacking is consuming foods filled with protein. Eating foods filled with a lot of sugar will give you an instant energy boost, however they will also leave you feeling a sense of tiredness, lethargy, irritation, or hungover. This is called a “Sugar Crash” or “Glucose Crash”. Although the effects can be less if one has undertaken a lot of physical activity within the next few hours after consumption. Protein bars, nuts, yogurt, plain oatmeal etc., will keep you feeling full longer and will not raise your blood sugar levels. Replace those “zu zu’s” and “wham whams”(twinkles, cookies, candy, etc.), with celery sticks, carrots, or cottage cheese. Get creative and start making your own healthy snack packs that consists of strawberries with 2 tbsp of cool whip, shrimp and 2 tbsp of cocktail sauce, hummus and pita, or peanuts with cranberries, just to name a few! Or if you have a sweet tooth, opt for peanut butter & banana on a rice cake instead of those “wham whams”. Control the quantity as well as quality of the snacks you eat. You are in a position to take control of your health, so let’s start by eating healthier snacks, giving your metabolism a boost and the opportunity to fuel your body between daily meals! Click Here...