Alterations to diet are half way to a fitter youMany of you training for the Flora Women's Mini Marathon will at this stage be making small changes to your diet. Congratulations -- you are already on your way to improved fitness and a healthier heart.
While we all know that some fat is good for you, it is important to know the difference between different types of fats in your diet.
Healthy fats, called polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, come from foods such as vegetables, fish, wholegrain wheat, nuts and some fruit. Saturated fats from animal foods such as whole-milk dairy products and fatty meats can raise your cholesterol levels. This is never a good thing, no matter how young you are!
For a healthy diet, use small amounts of polyunsaturated spreads such as Flora or Flora Light. Where possible, avoid trans fats since they not only increase levels of bad cholesterol but also decrease your levels of good cholesterol.
Become aware of the types of fats in any processed foods or snacks that you buy and make a conscious effort to substitute bad fats with good fats. You will really notice the difference if you do.
If you have any specific questions relating to nutrition in the run-up to the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, log onto the official website www.florawomensminimarathon.com and check out our Health Files for tips to help you on your way to becoming heart healthy.
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FLORA TIP OF THE WEEK
Check the packaging on any processed foods you buy to ensure they are low in both saturated fats and trans fats. It will make a big difference to your heart!