Facts about fat, the word natural on labels and gluten free diets

Facts about fat, the word natural on labels and gluten free diets

Don't fear all fats. Unsaturated fats, such as those found in olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish and avocados are considered healthy. The trick is to avoid trans fats and limit saturated fats intake.

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In today’s society, we are often so swayed and misled by advertising and over-information when it comes to health, nutrition and fitness, it is hard not to fall victim to common fads.

Today, we’re going to play “Two Truths and a Lie.”

Below are three statements. Two are factual, one is false.

Do you think you can figure out which is false?

Once you have made up your mind, continue reading.

Statement 1: Some fat is good for you.

Statement 2: You can’t trust the word “natural” labeled on products.

Statement 3: Gluten-free products are healthier than products with Gluten.

Have you decided which statement you believe is false?

Continue reading for the results.

Krista Stevens, Health columnist

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Some fat is good for you

There are four major dietary fats in food. These include saturated fats, trans fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats.

The “good fats” are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These oily fats are often referred to as high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Some of the foods high in HDL include but are not limited to olive oil, avocado, nuts, berries and salmon.

These help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.

On the other hand, the “bad fats” are saturated and trans fats. These are often referred to as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). These fats are typically solid and should be avoided if possible.

"Artificial and natural flavors" have become ubiquitous terms on food labels.

You can’t trust the word “natural” labeled on products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate or define the use of the word “natural” on food products.

This leaves this word ambiguous and up for interpretation.

This means foods with sweeteners, natural flavors, foods high in high-fructose corn syrup and other plant-derived substances can be labeled as “natural.”