Sunday, September 21, 2008

Essential Nutrients

I plan on majoring in Nutrition and I enjoy learning about it, so this section was very interesting to me. I enjoyed learning about the fats the most. I always knew that there were different kinds of fats, some good and some bad, but I didn't really understand why some are okay, while others should be avoided. Saturated fats, from animal sources are okay, but should definitely be limited. Unsaturated fats, from plants are actually rather good for you, but of course they should be eaten in moderation, as should everything else. But, trans fats are really no good at all, in fact, they should be avoided if at all possible, as they are synthetic, man-made chemicals.
This is so important for people to be aware of, as the stores are full of products made with trans fats, and many people have no idea how badly it is harming their bodies. Personally, I think it's kind of ridiculous that the food companies are allowed to practically sneak this chemical into foods without any warnings on the packages. So, this just makes it that much more important for every individual to learn about and study nutrition, to not only maintain good health for themselves, but for their families. America as a society, would be so much healthier if only people would take a little time to learn about harmful things on store shelves, such as trans fats.

1 comment:

Sharon McLaughlin said...

I agree!!! I'm glad that you found learning the "why" behind different things to be helpful!!