UNDERSTAND YOUR FOOD

Whether animal-based or plant-based, all food is some combination of the three macronutrients: fat, carbohydrate, and protein. The more you know about each, the better choices you make. Watch...

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SATURATED AND UNSATURATED FAT: THE TRANSPORTERS

THE CHOLESTEROL MYTH Cholesterol is not bad, it is essential for cell function and is mostly made in your liver. Saturated fat combines with a protein to carry cholesterol AWAY from your liver so it can be used by your body. Unsaturated fat combines with a protein to bring it BACK to the liver for reprocessing.

IT’S THE AMOUNT OF BOATS When you eat too much saturated fat, you end up with too much cholesterol being transported away from your liver and through your arteries, which can clog them up and lead to heart attacks and strokes. Which IS bad. Even though cholesterol isn't.

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THE CRITICAL CARB: FIBER RATIO

Some foods keep you full longer. Rich in fiber and vitamins and minerals, these foods have LOW carb:fiber ratios. On the other hand foods with HIGH carb:fiber ratios tend to be more calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, leaving you hungry again sooner and making major contributions to your fat stores.

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TOTAL CARBS / TOTAL FIBER = CARB TO FIBER RATIO

  • 1-4
    GOOD RATIO With few exceptions vegetables, nuts, beans, seeds, and fruits have a low carb:fiber ratio.
  • 5-9
    DECENT RATIO Whole grains and most of their products have a pretty good carb:fiber ratio.
  • greater than 10
    BAD RATIO Sugary pastries, sodas, and white breads and pastas have a high carb:fiber ratio.
  • GOOD
  • PRETTY DECENT
  • BAD

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