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Posted by: | 2018/11/19

Banting

Good Day, It seems everyone is on the Banting Wagon. Please can you let me know if this diet which includes high amounts of animal fat is safe? Surely eating large amounts of fat couldn't be good for you?

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Expert ImageThe Dietitians
- 2018/12/12

Hi Thank you for writing to Health24.

Precise dietary advice is best given from a health professional after a full medical and lifestyle assessment. However, in general we would promote a healthy balanced diet that includes all food groups that aims to nourish your body and improve your health. 

Diets that are higher in fat can be helpful as they increase the feeling of fullness which controls portions and overall intake. It is advisable to have the majority of your fats come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat sources over saturated fats. Saturated fats have been found to be linked cardiovascular disease, strokes and high blood pressure. Unsaturated fats have been shown to increase your good cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health. Eat more monounsaturated fats such as seeds, nuts, nut butters, olives, olive oil and avocado and polyunsaturated fats such as salmon, trout, sardines, pilchards and mackerel. Reduce saturated fats such as butter, cream, coconut milk and butter, chicken skin, steak fat and full cream dairy.

It is advisable to monitor carbohydrate intake and prevent an excessive intake. Starches play an important role in providing energy, fuel for the brain, aiding focus and concentration, supplying essential vitamins, minerals and fibre and supporting good gut health. Starches can be part of a healthy diet if they are portioned controlled, are good quality and eaten at the right time of the day. Include more wholegrains in your diet to increase your fibre intake and ensure you are receiving key nutrients that they supply such as B vitamins. Wholegrain starches which are good quality choices are barley, brown rice, quinoa, spelt, lentils, beans, chickpeas, oats, baby potatoes, sweet potato and corn. These starches tend to be less produced and refined as well.


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