By Karen Calomino
Redefining Fats in our Diet
Fats in our diet are often thought of as something negative. After all, the definition of fat in the Merriam Webster dictionary includes words like "plump, oily, and greasy, none of which sound very appetizing.
Therefore, many of us believe that eating healthy involves buying low fat foods, counting fat grams, eating less red meat, and eating "heart-healthy" margarine instead of butter.
We have been brain-washed to believe that fats cause us to be fat, that unsaturated fats are "good fats" and saturated fats are "bad fats", and are often reminded that we should cut back on animal foods including eggs, milk, and meat in order to keep cholesterol levels low. This way of thinking is harmful because in order to function properly, our body needs fat, including cholesterol.