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The #BigFatDebate

The #BigFatDebate

We went to the #BigFatDebate to hear some expert opinions on the ongoing debate the role of fat in our diets.

We think we got a little closer to an answer. It is a very complicated topic, but we certainly found some common ground that all of us can agree on. Hopefully this will help you, too.

Good Food Studio, Sandton

The #BigFatTruth discussion was held at the Good Food Studio in Sandton.

 

Dietitians and media gathered to help clarify the issue of fat in our diets.

Dietitians and media gathered to help clarify the issue of fat in our diets.

 

Dr Louise van den Berg opened with some of the hard science.

Dr Louise van den Berg opened with some of the hard science.

 

trans fatty acids are bad

But soon she was on to brass tacks: Keep calm and say NO WAY to trans fatty acids.

 

Polyunsaturated fatty acids should make up 6-10% of our energy intake.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids should make up 6-10% of our energy intake.

 

Dietitian Claire Julsing Strydom compares the recommended diet to what we actually eat. Nobody's perfect!

Dietitian Claire Julsing Strydom compares the recommended diet to what we actually eat. Nobody’s perfect!

 

But Strydom offers a pleasantly balanced approach. This is a healthy diet all of us can stick to (mostly).

But Strydom offers a pleasantly balanced approach. This is a healthy diet all of us can stick to (mostly).

 

Strydom summarises: eat fats sparingly. Use vegetable oils rather than hard fats. Not all fats are bad all the time, so eat the right ones in moderation.

Strydom summarises: eat fats sparingly. Use vegetable oils rather than hard fats. Not all fats are bad all the time, so eat the right ones in moderation.

 

Homemade Margarine

We put this all into practice by making our own margarine. Remarkably simple and delicious – if we do say so ourselves!

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