Flavored Oils
Zippy Up Your Diet!

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Spice up your diet with some tasty flavored oils!

People have been debating the issue of dietary fat intake for decades and are most likely to continue doing such as time marches forward.

Just a few short years ago, saturated fat was considered a good fat. Now we've learned that it's good for clogging our arteries along with its naughty brother, Mister Trans Fat.

We also have learned that consuming Omega 3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids can assist in reducing risk of many health ills - from heart disease to certain cancers.

The Greeks freely enjoy extra virgin olive oil in their well-touted Mediterranean Diet and experience heart-healthy benefits in comparison to other cultures and societies. Their rate for heart attack is very low compared to their peers.

But could these heart healthy benefits be related to wine?

Or to the fact that they have very little calcium in their daily diet; while we are pouring in vats of cream into our coffee and drinking tall glasses of milk and chocolate milk at meal time, the Greeks use milk rarely - basically for lightening their coffee and drinks. Therefore, the debate continues.

Many carbohydrate restricted weight loss plans are build upon a solid layer of fat as well as foods which have been shown can trigger heart disease as well as stroke and circulatory issues.

They are mined with eggs - the yolk fortified with pure-d cholesterol.

The carb-restricted diets also embrace animal proteins with outstretched arms.

How do carb-restricted diets impact health?

The fact is, the jury is still out. We've been taught all of our lives that if we eat too many eggs that we'll cackle before our time; the same applies to too much animal proteins - red meat with beef at the forefront in particular; it's always bad moo's.

But is it? How will these type of weight loss plans play out over time? Will we learn that they have impacted health negatively? Or perhaps muscle is the way to go?

One quick caveat about carbohydrate restricted diets; seek your physician's approval and advice.

If you have a hidden health condition such as diabetes or a heart condition, you really could cackle or moo before your time.

These type plans work to produce significant weight loss through expulsion of body fluids and impact the kidneys in a big way.

The lack of carbohydrates in the daily diet to act as a sponge along with the extreme amount of protein grams that are found in the vast majority of carb-restricted diets aren't a good combination for some individuals and truly can prove life-threatening.

See doctor, listen to doctor, do as doctor recommends. He or she didn't spend half a million dollars to go to medical school for nothing. Well, some probably did - but not the good doctors and fortunately, there are more good ones out there than not. Or hopefully so.

The Big Dietary Fat Debate

Nutritionists and physicians are beginning to rethink the value of fat content in the daily diet. As the debate continues, we can be certain of a few things regarding fat in the diet.

- Dietary Fat adds to the luster of our hair.

- Dietary Fat adds to the glow and elasticity of our skin and nails.

- Without sufficient Dietary Fat, hair loss steps into the picture and we start to look like Uncle Fester on his worst bad hair day.

- Fats are a structural component of cells and provide energy for metabolism.

- Fat in our bodies is integral for many reasons, such as cushioning vital organs.

A Tablespoon of cooking oil contains about 120 calories - and that incorporates all cooking oils on the market: corn, sunflower, grape seed, peanut, safflower, extra virgin olive oil and so forth.

As a side health note, when purchasing olive oil you want the first cold-press of the olive which is of the finest quality.

Be sure you're purchasing from a reliable and trusted source as it's not uncommon for olive oil to be mixed with other oils as it isa precious commodity - particularly the Italian olive oil.

A fun way to put some flavor into your diet, as well as get the oil your body needs, is to use flavored oils. Flavored oils add zip to your zucchini, pow to your pasta, and heaven to your hunza bread!

Making flavored oil is simple and inexpensive.

Simply take your favorite oil and add your favorite spices and herbs - either dried or fresh herbs. Elegant bottles can be purchased for an 'added decorative touch'.

Keep in mind that storage life isn't forever. Oils can quickly go rancid and even harbor bacteria, so use your flavored oils in a timely manner. Enjoy experimenting.


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