Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Facts About Fats. Workshop TV

fried chicken By Jessica Hulett
“Despite the fact that the low-fat craze has long since passed, fear and misconceptions about dietary fat still remain. Fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet; they give you energy, protect your organs and keep you warm. They're also vital in helping your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K.
Most Americans consume much more fat in their diet than the daily recommendation of 20 to 35%, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. All fats are not created equal, though. Whether polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, saturated or trans fat, each gram contains 9 calories, but that's where the similarities end.

The Good      (Click on cat picture to see caption!)

Unsaturated fats: the healthy superstars of the fat family, and should make up the majority of your daily intake. They reduce your bad cholesterol and total cholesterol level, as well as your risk for heart attack and stroke. Here's a breakdown of the two main types:
Monounsaturated Fats: These fats tend to be liquid at room temperature and solid when chilled. Oils in this family include olive, peanut, sesame, sunflower, and canola oil. Foods rich in monounsaturated fats are avocados, nuts and seeds. In addition to the positive effects on cholesterol, monounsaturated fats are often high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
Polyunsaturated Fats: These fats tend to be liquid at both room temperature and when chilled. They contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids -- nutrients that are essential to brain functioning and body development. Oils in this family include soybean, safflower and corn oil, and the best food sources of polyunsaturated fats are fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and trout.

The Bad
Saturated Fats: Not only do foods high in saturated fat raise your cholesterol level, but these foods are often high in cholesterol themselves, delivering a harsh one-two punch to your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. Red meat, full-fat dairy and tropical oils like coconut and palm tend to be the biggest culprits. Because high cholesterol is associated with heart disease and stroke, the American Heart Association recommends that no more than 7% of your daily fat intake include saturated fat.

The Ugly
Trans Fats: Trans fats are great for food producers and fast-food purveyors -- they're easy to come by, cheap to make, and they have a long shelf life. For consumers, though, it's another story. Trans fats go a step further than saturated fats, as they actually lower your HDL, or "good" cholesterol level in addition to raising your LDL. Fried foods and commercially baked goods often contain trans fats like margarine and shortening. Any product labeled "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" contains trans fats, so be on the label lookout. The AHA recommends that no more than 1% of your daily fat intake come from trans fats, which can contribute to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.”

To calculate how much fat you should be getting daily, visit My Fats Translator .

 A 19” TV left over from my yard sale was still in my grooming room.  We try out TVs in there as it is the easiest access to a cable connection.  All the outlets were placed above cabinet height, as we knew there would be built-ins or cages covering the normal height for outlets.   We had tried it out as we were cleaning up the yard sale stuff, but couldn’t get a picture on it.

We thought we would try it again, as it was getting in my way, and I wanted to put it in the workshop, as my washer and dryer are in there too.   Often I am in the middle of watching, or just listening to something when I need to be in there.  We tried it out again this morning,   It still came on but no picture.
    So I took another old, but smaller TV in there, and that one worked, but the remote was missing.
    We mounted an RV swiveling TV stand on the workshop wall, and tied into the cable that runs to the RV (full hook-up) site outside.   To be able to change the channels easily, we ran it through an old Magnavox VCR (which chews up tapes) that has a remote.  Talk about re-cycling!!
    Again lovely weather, cats on the screen porch, and no heat or AC needed today.

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