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Once upon a time, we didn't know anything about fat except that it made foods tastier. We cooked our food in lard or shortening. We spread butter on our breakfast toast and plopped sour cream on our baked potatoes. Farmers bred their animals to produce milk with high butterfat content and meat 'marbled' with fat because that was what most people wanted to eat.
Ever since word got out that diets high in fat are related to heart disease, things have become complicated. Experts tell us there are several different kinds of fat, some of them worse for us than others. In addition to saturated, mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, there are triglycerides, trans fatty acids, and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.
Most people have learned something about cholesterol, and many of us have been to the doctor for a blood test to learn our cholesterol 'number'. Now, however, it turns out that there's more than one kind of cholesterol, too! And there's 'good' cholesterol and 'bad' cholesterol.
Were we really all that unhealthy before we knew all this?
It seems that now we are focussed on reducing fat in our diets, obesity is skyrocketing. We are so obsessed with cutting out fat, we ignore that many people don't have enough of the "good" fats in our diet.
Benn Newton, director of Research for the Betalife Program says "most people are confused about what fats they can and can't eat. This is why the Betalife Program describes what you should have in great detail. Many people have told me they are surprised what a difference these changes make."
So before you cut all fats from your diet, make sure you know the fats that are necessary for your survival.