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Shockingly High Fat Foods
In this age of an abundance of processed foods, and a distinct lack of exercise, knowledge of the real fat content of some of our favourite meals can save countless hours of health worries, or the guilt of ruining a diet over a meal you thought was perfectly innocent. It is always wise to read the labels of any food you are about to buy, but also especially important is to make sure that the portions specified are the same as what you are likely to eat. Some quick maths is often required, but this is one way to burn off those calories! Experts recommend a maximum of around 16g of saturated fats per day in order to stay as healthy as possible. A list of surprisingly high fat foods is included below.
1) Canned Soup
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Soup is often regarded as a ‘healthy option’, which is often quite true of home-made soup. Soup makes it onto the high fat list when it comes from a can. Canned soups often contain trans fats, which are especially bad for you. Trans fats not only higher your LDL, or ‘bad cholesterol’ levels, they also lower your HDL, or ‘good cholesterol’ levels. Canned soups may contain as much as 2g of saturated fats, which is 10% of your RDA!
2) Frozen Meals
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Any recipe which contains a ready meal, or some kind of pre-prepared food cooked from frozen is likely to be loaded with fat. Frozen pizzas may contain over 30 grams of saturated fat; a whopping 170% of your RDA! [Source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fast-foods-generic/8042/2]
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Any recipe including cream, such as deserts, will contain a very high amount of fat. The saturated fat content of whipping cream is often over 25g per serving, making it a very high fat desert, and perhaps an ingredient to cut back on when cooking your favourite after dinner treats!
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Many recipes include milk as a constituent, and so you may be surprised to know that just one cup of full fat milk contains 23% of your RDA of saturated fat. If you are accustomed to using full fat milk in your recipes, perhaps it is time to switch to skimmed milk instead, which has less than 1% of your RDA of saturated fat [Source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/69/2 and http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/dairy-and-egg-products/7578/2]
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Recipes containing whole eggs are notorious for being loaded with fat and cholesterol. One fresh, raw egg contains 8g of saturated fat, and most omelettes contain two or three. A tasty start to the day, but perhaps not the healthy option for someone looking to cut down on fat in their diet!
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Recipes including large quantities of spreads such as margarine or butter could also ruin your health. A stick of margarine has 2.8 grams of trans fat per tablespoon (plus 2.1 grams of saturated fat), while tub margarine is better for you, having 0.6 grams of trans fat per tablespoon (plus 1.2 grams of saturated fat). If half a tablespoon of butter or margarine in your recipes is enough, even this will serve to reduce your trans fat levels, and hopefully keep your heart healthy for longer.
7) Breakfast Cereal
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Bad news for those of us who thought steering clear of the full breakfast fry-up, and reaching for the cereal instead was the healthy option; almost every cereal you can buy contains a high level of trans fats, due to their highly processed nature. Anywhere between 0.5-1.5g of trans fat per 3/4 cup serving is normal, leading to high cholesterol levels for the ‘healthy’ cereal eaters.
8) Dips, Gravies and Salad Dressings
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These are all packed full of trans fats and saturated fats, so a less generous dollop of dip or glob of gravy may help you to reduce your cholesterol level and stay healthier for longer.
Remember that just because a food is marketed as ‘low fat’, this does not mean that they do not contain trans fats, which even in small amounts are highly unhealthy. Saturated fats, although less detrimental to health than trans fats, still increase your LDL levels, leading to increased risk of heart disease, although it should be mentioned that your body is able to synthesize essential cellular components from saturated and unsaturated fats, and so eliminating them entirely would be detrimental for your health. So whether it is cutting out a certain type of food from your diet, or simply spreading the butter a little thinner on your toast in the morning, enjoying your fatty foods in moderation is the key to a healthier lifestyle; you will do your cholesterol level (and your heart) a world of good.
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