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Posted by Chris1 on November 09, 2000 at 18:51:11:

In Reply to: Any info on saturated fat? posted by Jo on November 09, 2000 at 13:01:40:


You're right about limiting the saturated fats for acne, even I have read several reports on that.

Animal fat such as eggs, meat, and dairy products are high is saturated fats. Consequently, animal fats are also high in cholesterol. Vegetable fats such as avocados, olives, and vegetable oils are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Too much of either type is unhealthy; however, the most important one to be concerned with is saturated fat due to its high cholesterol content.

Our body naturally produces all the required cholesterol. Our bodies need cholesterol in the blood to help build cell membranes, produce vitamin D, and produce some hormones. Any additional cholesterol that we consume in our diet is just that, additional.

Saturated fat is found in foods like beef, ice cream, and doughnuts. Saturated fats should make up no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake. Just as with saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats should make up no more than 10% of a persons daily calorie intake.

You are right in mentioning that a fiber rich diet decreases the fat absorption. Fiber can interfere with the absorption of fat from food in the intestines. However, the effect may be relatively small and may be influenced by the overall composition of the diet, as well as the type of fiber consumed. For example, a person who eats a high fat, low fiber diet absorbs 98 out of every 100 grams of fat consumed, and every 93 out of every 100 grams of protein. If that person increased the fiber in their diet, without adding any calories, they would absorb only 94 grams of the fat and 88 grams of the protein.

I hope I answered your questions.

Take care.

Chris1


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