By K. Aleisha Fetters
Get To Know Bacon And Butter Better
Fat gives beef, eggs and cheese their luscious texture and flavour. Like all fats, the saturated kind contains nine calories per gram. But unlike unsaturated, these fats also contain tightly packed (or “saturated”) carbon chains, which help them retain their structure at room temperature. That’s why sat-fat-rich butter sits solid on the counter while olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fat, does not.
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Saturated fat has a long history of being linked to heart disease. “Most of the data that is used to convict saturated fat is actually associated with excess calories from high-carb diets,” says Donald Layman, a professor emeritus of human nutrition at the University of Illinois in the US. “Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with saturated fat usually reduces blood pressure and cholesterol.”
Look for grass-fed organic beef, pasture-raised chicken and free-range eggs. Grass-fed beef contains higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety, according to Texas A&M University research. And eggs from pasture-raised chickens pack more omega-3s than those from their cooped-up counterparts, according to nutritional analysis from the US.