Some facts about fat and what you need to know about the different types of fat and why you should use chicken recipes with low fat content as part of a healthy diet plan.
There are 3 types of fat:
- Saturated fat
- Polyunsaturated fat
- Monounsaturated fat.
Not all fat is bad for you and it is actually important that you include some of the “good” fats in your diet. But let’s concentrate initially on what you can do if you follow some simple guidelines to help reduce the amount of “bad” fat you include in your diet. The fat you need to cut back on is saturated fat. Because our bodies find it difficult to process saturated fats it tends to be stored as fat, which increases cholesterol levels, which in turn leads to the chance of a heart attack. Fortunately it is a pretty simple process to reduce our intake of this type of fat, and below are some easy steps to take to achieve this.
- Stop using full-fat milk and full-fat dairly products and choose low-fat or fat-free versions – taste-wise you really won’t notice much of a difference.
- Only eat red meat occasionally and choose cuts with less fat on them.
- Chicken is an excellent low-fat meat but only if you remove the skin after cooking – don’t be tempted to leave it on.
- Try and eat fish at least twice a week, though once a week is better than not at all.
- When cooking using fat, use liquid vegetable oils, such as olive oil or canola oil and avoid using solid fats such as butter.
- Experiment with herbs and spices to flavour your food, rather than using toppings and sauces which are full of fat.
- Eat more fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Using chicken recipes – low fat content.
Chicken is such a versatile meat and the only real limitation to its uses within recipes is our imagination. You can buy as much, or as little, as you need and cook it in so many quick and easy ways. If you are in a rush, stir-frying couldn’t be simpler, or quicker, and provides a far healthier option to what you can buy at the fast-food outlets – and for a fraction of the price.
If you work all day, or don’t want to be standing over the cooker for what feels like hours, a slow cooker is an absolute Godsend. I have used one for many years now and I have yet to have a meal “go wrong” in one of these – even if it has been cooking for 1-2 hours longer than the recipe advises. Just set it up before you go to work and come home to a house filled with a fabulous aroma.
Making some simple changes to the way you buy and cook food can mean a massive difference to your health and your weight.