While having a discussion with my friend on Facebook, it struck me that maybe this is a topic that is good to Blog about, atleast so I could collect my thoughts on the subject.
There is some legitimate misunderstanding about the “Fat” in my “War On Fat” (WOF). The “Fat” I am referring to in WOF is:
– Bulging belly
– Struggling to even walk, let alone run or play
Note: I have nothing against over-weight people. (If it helps, I am overweight). We all review our lives and determine the areas we need to focus on. For some people (like me), looking trim is important. For some others, it may not be the highest priority. I understand that and respect that.
Dietary “Fat” is not what I am referring to in WOF.
As per almost all the sources, based on the recommended daily calorie count of 1800-2000 calories per day, a maximum of 60-65gm of Fat is recommended.
Trans Fat = 0gm (Dangerous! Stay away. Processed food!)
Saturated Fat = 20gm maximum (Approx). Meats, Diary Products etc. It is really good to limit Saturated Fat. I am aiming for zero here.
Unsaturated Fat = Good one! Omega-3/6 (Fish), Nuts (Walnuts!), Extra-Virgin Olive Oil etc. Unsaturated Fat is what we should be focusing on, obviously.
My friend has a very valid point that the intake of dietary fat (Unsaturated Fat) should never be zero.
South-Asians have a much greater genetical tendency towards Heart ailments than other ethnicities. In that background, the recent spur of fast food and processed food is scary, to say the least. If a burger sells for 25Rs in this day and age (and every Corporation will take its profits), ever wonder about the quality its ingredients?
Keeping an eye on what kind of fat we take in can only help us IMHO.