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“Good” and “Bad” Fats

There’s been a lot of hype about dietary fat in recent years.  And the hype keeps changing.  First, we were supposed to avoid fat.  Then carbs were the enemy, and fat was OK.  Now we hear that some fats are OK, and some aren’t.  Confused?

Doctors of chiropractic, such as Dr. Smith offer patients nutritional advice in addition to caring for their spines.  Why?  Because chiropractors practice holistic — also known as “whole body” — care.  A recent study (Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2004;13:22) reveals it’s the type of fat you eat — rather than the total amount — that matters most.

That’s why Dr. Smith wants you to learn how to minimize the “bad” and maximize the “good” fats.

Bad Fat No. 1:  Trans Fatty Acids

Bad Fat No. 2:  Saturated Fatty Acids

Bad Fat No. 3:  Fried Fats

Good Fat No. 1:  Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

Good Fat No. 2:  Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Ultimately, the journal cited at the beginning of the health tips sums it up best:  “Just as the consumption of a variety of foods is more likely to provide essential nutrients and other biologically beneficial components, the consumption of fat from various foods including fish, nuts, seeds, plant oils and fruits should be encouraged.  These and other dietary guidelines, combined with regular physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption  and abstinence from smoking, remain the underpinnings of a healthy lifestyle.”  (Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2004;13:22.)

All of which mirrors the chiropractic lifestyle, a way of life that focuses on preventing health problems — with proper nutrition and regular chiropractic care — rather than merely masking symptoms with medication.  Make an appointment today and start living a healthier, happier life.

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