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Healthy Food Tip

Healthy Food Tip

I get questions on what I think when it comes the high fat content of tofu. plant protein.

The fat content of tofu is primarily healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats with very little saturated fat. Tofu is a rich source of the essential omega-6 and omega-3 fats that are required daily by the body for many physiological functions. Importantly, the fat profile of tofu is much healthier than most types of meat.

As background, fats are probably the most complex of the macromolecules in foods because there are so many different types of fats. Unfortunately, fats have been given a bad reputation, in part because fat is the way we store excess calories, and in part because saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, and cholesterol have been asociated with health conditions like cardiovascular disease and obesity. The facts are, however, that not only are all fats not bad, but some fats have been shown to be health-promoting, and some fats are absolutely essential for your health. So, when you think about fats, the quality of the fat, and therefore the quality of the food from which you are getting the fat, really matters.

Eat to Live Not Live to Eat

Dr. Hesselberg

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