It is often said, “If it tastes good, it’s probably bad for you.” Unfortunately, this is true more than we want to admit. An over abundance of butter and fats may make a dish tasty, but it adds a ton of calories that we don’t necessarily need. Bold flavors can be successfully achieved other ways. Many unhealthy ingredients can be substituted with alternative ingredients.
The first thing that can be done to lighten a meal is to lay off the butter. In one tablespoon salted butter has 100 calories, 11g of fat, 7g of saturated fat, 30mg of cholesterol and 90mg of sodium. Oils like olive oil and vegetable oil have fats, but they are fats that can actually benefit our health when eaten in moderation. They are called polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can low our cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Trans fats and saturated fats are what we need to stay away from. These can heighten our cholesterol levels and make our risk of heart disease much greater.
Having fat in our diet isn’t a bad thing as long as it’s moderated. Try to eat substitute trans and saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. If a fat is being used as a vessel to keep food from sticking to a pan, try changing it up by using a cooking spray.
Here are some foods with Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats:
- Olive Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Canola Oil
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