Confused about fat? Don’t be. Despite the clamour of celebrity ‘experts’, the science is clear. So, based on the latest evidence, here is the best way for you to manage the fats in your healthy diet.
Fat is a hotly debated topic right now — and it can also be a confusing one. One of the criticisms often levelled against dietitians is that their position on fat is outdated — that they promote a low-fat diet. But this simply isn’t true.
The science shows dietary fat plays a vital role, but whether we should go ‘open slather’ on butter is another question. We need to consider the types of fats we consume, and what level of consumption of certain fats is safe.
Why limit sat fats?
1 They have a strong link to an increased risk of heart disease.
3 Limiting saturated fats helps reduce kilojoules, which makes it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight.
Make the swap
When you reduce the saturated fat in your diet, you’re better off trading it for good fats, rather than for highly processed carbohydrates, such as cakes and pastries.
The reduced-fat products we use in HFG recipes are mostly to limit saturated fat, but on occasion they’re to manage the total kilojoules. Most of our main meal recipes have less than 7g saturated fat and no more than 2500kJ (600cal) per serve.
To learn more about HFG’s position of fat, pick up the April issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine – on sale now!