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Old 04-21-2004, 09:12 AM   #1
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Question about fat

I look at the labels on food boxes and it says total fal and saturated fat. When it says like 8 grams of total fat and 1.5 saturated fat, does that mean the rest of the 6.5 grams of fat is good fat?

 
Old 04-22-2004, 07:12 AM   #2
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Re: Question about fat

Not necessarily. If the food has a hydrogenated oil listed as one of its ingredients then some of that fat is trans fat, which is very bad stuff. As for foods without hydrogenated oils, I'm not sure. . .but I would assume the fats are unsaturated as that's the only other option.

 
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Old 04-22-2004, 04:53 PM   #3
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Re: Question about fat

Foods with hydrogenated oils don't necessarily have trans fats. Peanutbutter, for example.

 
Old 04-22-2004, 07:20 PM   #4
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Re: Question about fat

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Foods with hydrogenated oils don't necessarily have trans fats. Peanutbutter, for example.
There is some trans fat content when hydrogenated oils are used, but in some foods (like peanut butter) it is so minimal as to be negligible. This is like how some foods labeled fat free can have trace amounts of fat, but they are so low that they don't have a major impact. I would still recommend natural peanut butter over the regular kind, but for me it's more about taste and texture. ^_^

 
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Re: Question about fat

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I look at the labels on food boxes and it says total fal and saturated fat. When it says like 8 grams of total fat and 1.5 saturated fat, does that mean the rest of the 6.5 grams of fat is good fat?
Saturated fats are not necessarly bad, especially when the saturated fat comes from grass grazed oraganic animals. Saturated fats are needed by the body. The role of these fats are being reconsidered by the medical community. What is soooo terribly bad for you is trans fats. Carbohydrates from refined flours and processed fake foods are what someone should be scared of,not animal fats.

 
Old 04-23-2004, 02:30 PM   #6
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Re: Question about fat

That's true, but my point was that just because something contains hydrogenated oils does not necessarily make it bad.

The body can make its own saturated fats if it needs them. Not that people should avoid saturated fats... they should just be consumed in moderation.

 
Old 04-23-2004, 02:40 PM   #7
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Re: Question about fat

Lupus, are you saying that the hydrogenated oils in, for example, peanut butter are nothing to worry about because there is so little of it, or that there are some hydrogenated oils that are not bad for you?

This is new to me, because everything I have read says that hydrogenating is creating transfats . . . and they are to be avoided.

 
Old 04-23-2004, 02:49 PM   #8
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Re: Question about fat

That the hydrogenated oils in PB are nothing to worry about because it's impossible to get a measureable amount from it.

 
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