22 May 2012

Reading a Nutrition Label: Fats

Did you know that certain fats are good for you?  A quick lesson on fats: 
  • There are two types of fats: brown fat and white fat.
    • Brown fat is the superficial fat that is great for keeping you warm.
    • White fat is the fat that surrounds, supports, and protects organs, such as your heart!
  • Obviously, you want brown fat.  You want to protect your organs so that they can continue carrying out their responsibilities, aka keeping your alive and healthy, so to speak.
  • Also, essential fatty acids, found in polyunsaturated fats, are critical for the function of the entire human body.
  • Fat is fabulous: it is an energy source, aids in growth and development, supports cell walls; absorbs the fat-soluble vitamins of A, D, E, and K (aka no fat=deficiencies in these vitamins), helps to produce healthy skin, hair, and nails; 
  • A key to losing weight (if that is your goal): is to knock out the bad fats and increase consumption of the good fats.

Bauer, J. (1999). The complete idiot's guide to total nutrition (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Alpha Books.

Gittleman, A. L. (2004). Super nutrition for women (Rev. ed.). New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books.

Heart Association. (n.d.). Know Your Fats. www.heart.org. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/PreventionTreatmentofHighCholesterol/Know-Your-Fats_UCM_305628_Article.jsp

Heart Association. (n.d.). Monounsaturated Fats.www.heart.org. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Monounsaturated-Fats_UCM_301460_Article.jsp

Heart Association. (n.d.). Polyunsaturated Fats. www.heart.org. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Polyunsaturated-Fats_UCM_301461_Article.jsp

Heart Association. (n.d.). Saturated Fats. www.heart.org. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/FatsAndOils/Fats101/Saturated-Fats_UCM_301110_Article.jsp


  1. I love this post! I was just thinking that I need to start learning to read and keyword: understand nutrition labels. Thanks for the help! :)

  2. It's great to bring awareness about reading food labels!! :) I made a post about trans fats recently.. They are such bad news! ha http://smilingatlittlethings.blogspot.com/2013/04/health-bit.html


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