Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 4

Why 30 percent?

No one can say exactly what a healthful fat intake is for a given individual, let alone for everyone. A majority of public health experts have supported the 30-percent guideline because they felt it was lower than what Americans are currently consuming, but not so low as to discourage compliance. Some scientists have proposed that we should strive for fat intakes closer to 25 or even 20 percent of daily caloric intake. Such levels would require greater changes in dietary habits for most Americans. Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 4”

Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 3

Percent of what?

Fat intake recommendations are given as a percentage of daily caloric intake, because a healthful fat intake can probably vary depending on how much food you are eating. Daily calorie intake goes up with size and activity level. In general, larger and more active people metabolize more calories and more fat, so a higher fat intake is not harmful, so long as one is not overweight (overfat). Continue reading “Dietary fat: Playing the numbers game. Part 3”

Navigating Nutritional Potholes

Many people will include some kind of travel in their holiday plans, whether a weekend getaway or an extended trip. When eating at fast-food restaurants and roadside diners, it can be hard to choose the best menu options for maintaining a healthy diet.
“Making healthful choices gets difficult when options are limited, but with a little planning you can get the nutrition you need,” said Mona Barnett, R.N., B.S.N., a personal trainer and health promotion expert in Austin, Texas. “Think about choices that provide complex carbohydrates, such as a whole-wheat bagel, and a little protein. Carbohydrates provide energy without a lot of fat. Small amounts of protein help you feel full longer and keep your muscles fueled,” she added. Continue reading “Navigating Nutritional Potholes”

Soy, You Say? Part 2

Why soy?

Actually, the association between vegetable protein and reduced risk for heart disease is not very new information. Researchers have known about this association for quite some time. Soy is actually a vegetable protein that has come to the attention of researchers recently. The study of the effects of soy and its relation to chronic disease risk, including cardiovascular disease, has dramatically increased since this field began to emerge a few years ago. Continue reading “Soy, You Say? Part 2”