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Healthy Cooking: 10 Tips on Using Fats and Oil in a Healthy Diet

  By Mansi Kohli  posted Jul 10th 2012 at 8:00AM IN | Avg Rating
Diet & Fitness

#2 Tip on Using Fats and Oil in a Healthy Diet

Keep a tab on the amount of saturated fats you consume. Saturated fats consist of triglycerides, which contains only saturated fatty acids. Experts suggest that less than 10% of your daily energy intake can come from saturated fats. It is important that we do not misunderstand this. This is not open license to consume unhealthy saturated fats, especially those that are irrefutably linked to trans fats - which are never healthy, 10% or no 10% percent.

Sources of saturated fats by and large come from meat fats, milk fat, butter, lard, coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil. In India, cooking in saturated fat is an unhealthy practise that affects meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. In fact, while most animal fat can be trimmed and reduced by using lean cuts, it is the consumption of heavy oils that are the most common source of saturated fats in India.

An easy solution is to use lesser oil in everyday cooking, and to switch to healthier oils that contain simpler chains.

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