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Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Home-style cooking is about all those magnificent meals we enjoyed (still do) which included loads of butter and cream, pies and so on. The food tastes great and we all love it. The complexity is it does not fit in with our current familiarity of what healthy food should be like, and we agonize about issues like high cholesterol and heart problems. This blog entry looks at ways in which we can reduce un-healthy fats in customary home-style meals to bring it in line with present thoughts on healthy eating and thus get healthy home style meals – food we love to eat and food that is healthy.

Our objective then is unhealthy fats, so which fats are unhealthy? Generally speaking fats can be divided into two types – saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats can be supplementary divided into polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. All food contains all these fats but in differing scope and the trick is to identify and decrease eating of those foods which contain high sizes of the unsafe fats. The body finds it hard to process saturated fats into energy and simply stores them as body fat. Saturated fats are the ones we need to decrease, because they lead to increased cholesterol levels in the blood which increase the risk of heart troubles.

Which foods have high proportions of saturated fats? Animal products, i.e. meats, have a propensity to have high levels of saturated fats, however different meats have different saturated fat levels, poultry (chicken and turkey) generally being moderately low. Fats that are solid at room temperature such as butter or lard are a major source of saturated fats and should be minimized. There are some fats of vegetable origin which should actually be totally expelled; these are the “hydrogenated vegetable oil” such as processed palm oil and some margarine. If it says “hydrogenated vegetable oil” give it a wide disembark.

What this means for healthy home-style meals is that you need to pass up using butter or lard in the cooking procedure, so farewell to lots of those delicious fried dinners unless you dry fry in a non stick pan. It is also adios to recipes that call for roasting meat with tons of butter and minimizing some processed meats that contain a lot of fat, such as some sausages, salami, spam and so on.

Unsaturated fats on the other hand can be advantageous to health. Polyunsaturated fats of vegetable origin such as sunflower oil contain omega 6, and polyunsaturated fats from oily fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon contain omega 3. In reality some eating of polyunsaturated fats is essential for your health, serving to reduce blood cholesterol levels. These foods form an imperative portion of healthy home style meals. Fish is now a regular part of our diet, my companion swears it improves her achy joints. We have also adopted a healthy breakfast which has helped my cholesterol level lower a great deal.

Monounsaturated fats also bring health benefits in sinking blood cholesterol. In healthy home-style cooking we tend to make the most of olive oil rather a lot. Other sources of monounsaturated fats include: avocado, pears, almonds, hazelnuts, and oily fish.
To come to the point home style cooking can be made healthy by lowering saturated fats as described above and by substituting suitable unsaturated fats. There’re of course other issues to be addressed such as the effects of sugar and refined flour, but that requires an additional blog. Awareness to the points exposed here can help you to produce a healthy home style meal system, giving great tasting healthy meals.

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