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More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

Posted:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Secrets to a fat free diet

Researches show that although, the consumption of good fats have increased with Americans, the consumption of harmful fats have stayed at par. Data that were recovered from a recent research done in about 266 nations of the world have come up with interesting findings. It has been found out that although the intake of healthy fats such as omega- 6, Omega-3 in seafood and omega-3 plant have increased, there is also a noticeable stability in terms of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol consumption levels.

More about fats

Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group explain that fat is an essential nutrient of balanced diet. However, saturated fat containing food like different types of cheese, meat cuts that are not lean, fat containing milk, cream, ice creams, oils (especially coconut) should be avoided to have a healthy body that does not have the danger to become obese.

The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention states, cutting down on the consumption of saturated fats is an important thing because saturated fats take time to burn off and generally heap up and stay within the system, making the consumer obese. In 2010, the consumption of fat around the world increased to an average of 9.4%. The study revealed that most of the saturated oil consumption was in countries that produces palm oil like Kiribati, Samoa, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Romania. However, saturated fats were consumed less in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bolivia.

Saturated fats v/s dietary fats

To understand a balanced diet, it is significant to understand the harmful and dietary fats that are available in food. Fats that occur naturally are found in fewer quantities within a few cuts of meat and milk based products. But the major loophole lies in the fact that Americans are into the habit of consuming more of Trans-fats in their convenience food like cookies, pizzas, burgers, frozen food, margarines, spreads, cream etc. The alarming need to consume trans-fats needs to come down substantially as studies have suggested. It has been seen that in the global scenario, consumption of trans-fats range between 97 to 440 mgs per day, the average being consumption of cholesterol alone (about 228 mg per day). On the other hand, dietary fat is fat that contains omega-3 and omega-6. A rich source of such dietary fat is fishes, vegetable oils and different types of nuts.

What studies show us?

A fat free diet is about consuming the right kind of fat. Researches show, an approximate average of 163 mg of Omega 3 in seafood, is consumed by people globally, the higher consumers being the coastal areas like Malaysia, Seychelles, Maldives, Barbados, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Denmark etc. Countries which are away from the seas, like middle eastern countries, countries around Sahara and in North American regions and some Asian countries consume very less of omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood. The lack of understanding about a balanced diet and the right foods that need to consume to keep one healthy is leading to the poor health conditions worldwide. This causes diseases that are both fatal and also incurable.