Post subject: Re: Trans Fat
Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:35 pm
Also... unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, do not raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and are beneficial when consumed in moderation.
Fat is a major source of energy for the body and aids in the absorption of vitamins. Both animal and plant-derived food products contain fat.
When eaten in moderation, fat is important for proper growth and maintenance of good health. As a food ingredient, fat provides taste, consistency, and stability and helps us feel full.
Parents should be aware that fats are an especially important source of calories and nutrients for infants and toddlers - up to 2 years of age, who have the highest energy needs per body weight of any age group.
We now know to avoid foods containing saturated and trans fats, and that unsaturated fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat are beneficial when consumed in moderation. It is advisable to choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol as part of a healthful diet.