Saturated fats are some of the most dangerous substances that we can eat. Not only do they contribute to the formation of plaque which can clog arteries, but they also contribute to an array of cardiovascular and other health problems as well. Keeping saturated fat intake to a minimum is one of the best things that we can do to avoid a premature death, and it’s important to be mindful of fat content in what we eat now as well as during a prolonged-crisis.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to reduce how much bad fat we eat without having to make immediate and drastic changes to our diets. While making better food choices will be an integral part of the process at some point, you can ease into that change gradually. Here are a few ideas that can help you to get started.
Don’t Eat the Sauce
When we cook with butter, fatty meats and certain oils, a lot of that fat will melt and mix with the liquid in the pan. While this may be a tasty, it’s best to be avoided. Try to leave as much of the juice in the pan as possible before serving the food, and give pieces of food a good shake to get as many drippings off as well. This simple step can keep an enormous amount of saturated fat out of our bodies without having a major impact taste.
Whether you’re cooking chicken at home or game in the field, trimming as much fat off the meat as possible. While a lot of the fat dissolves while cooking, a good amount ends up getting soaked up by the meat, and it can also crisp up on the outside. Trimming excess fat eliminates this problem, and you’ll be eating much-healthier meat as a result.
We have choices when it comes to the quality of meat that we eat, and it’s always better to choose leaner options. Not only will we lose meat during cooking, but the finished product will be less harmful. While some animals are notorious for producing fatty meats, we can still choose to eat the leanest parts that we can find. Again, this won’t eliminate the saturated fat problem, but it will reduce how much we ingest.
Eat More Healthy Fats
Try to include healthy fats into your daily diet, and you’ll naturally stop craving foods that are high in unhealthy fats. The more alternatives that you include can also help to ease the shock associated with going through major dietary changes. Healthy fats come from a number of sources, so it won’t be hard to find one that you like. Nuts, avocados, fish and olive oil are just a few examples to consider.
While this may not be an appealing option, it’s effective because reducing portion sizes has a direct impact on how much saturated fat we consume. Replace smaller portions of meat with larger portions of vegetables, grains or fiber instead. Chances are that you won’t notice the difference, and you’ll get full from healthier foods, which is enormously-good for the body.
Ideally, we should all be moving in a direction that eliminates saturated fats from our diets. However, it’s a lot easier said than done. Hopefully these steps can help you to get off to a good start. Try them for yourself, and think of other creative ways that you can reduce fat intake without making a lot of food sacrifices along the way.