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Decoding Nutrition Information: Fat Claims

I do my best to check food labels while buying food at the supermarket. However, decoding nutrition information from the food labels can be challenging at times. Especially perplexing is the information on fat content.

While reading “Mind Your Body”, a health supplement published by the Stratis Times in Singapore, I read this article that breaks down the meaning of fat as labelled on food packaging. Ms Lynette Goh, a senior dietitian at the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics said

Fat-free: The product contains less than 0.15g fat per 100g or 100ml

Low-fat: The product has 3g or less of total fat per 100g or 1.5g or less of fat per 100ml

Lower or Reduced Fat: The product has at least 25% less fat than regular product. Take note that less fat is not the same as low in fat.

Light or Lite: This means the product is lightly salted or light in taste or colour. Again, it is not the same as low in fat or low in calories.

For those who are reducing or watching out for their fat intakes, it is best to opt for Fat-Free or Low-Fat products. For an adult, fat should be no more than 30% of his/her total intake. This is estimated to 12 teaspoon a day for an average women who needs 1800-2000 kcal a day. Of the 30%, there should be no more than 10% saturated fat. Saturated fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called “bad cholesterol” that causes heart issues.

Limit trans fat (aka hydrogenated vegetable oil) to less than 1% of total calories, or 2 teaspoon based on an intake of 200 kcal diet.

Our remaining fat should come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat such as unsalted nuts and seeds, fish (especially oily fish such as salmon, trout and herring at least 2 times a week) and vegetable oil such as olive, sunflower, soya bean, corn and peanut oil.


5 Healthy Fats to Combat Eczema

Here’s some new information I have dug up from Janet Simpson, a writer and health reporter, on ezcema treatments.

According to her, not all fats are bad. In fact, there are a few fats that work wonders on building strong immune systems and fighting off diseases including eczema. These good fats help create radiant and healthy skin. I found the information pretty interesting and I’m sure those who suffer from eczema will want to include more of good fats in their daily diet. I have started…

5 Healthy Fats to Combat Eczema

Avocados – the fruit creates stable energy and helps produce exceptional health. Avocado will help to eliminate your eczema if included in your diet regularly.

Flax Oil – Grind flax seeds bought from any local health store and pour the mixture is over soups, salads, added to stir fries, and anything you eat will help to improve eczema. Grinding your own flax seed will ensure you got the freshest oil possible. Take note that no more than six tablespoons of flax seed should be consumed on a daily basis. You can feel the softness of your skin almost immediately.

Hemp Oil – Hemp seeds are full to bursting in sulphur containing amino acids and have a perfect balance of essential fats

Coconut Oil – This oil great protects you from bacteria, yeast, fungal or any other micro organisms. Besides eczema, people who suffer with herpes, Candida and Giardia also use coconut oil to keep ailments to a minimum.

Extra Virgin oil – Extra Virgin Oil is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. It will sooth the skin, stop or reduce the itching and burning and it will also sooth away any inflammation.

Finding practical Information on Eczema is time consuming. If you are still searching, I suggest you look at the fats you are consuming whilst you continue to search. In the meantime, you may also want to check out more from Janet Simpson’s “Cure Your Eczema in 14 Days” and Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. Another eczema expert, Evelyn Lim, compiled her research and experience into an Eczema Diet Secrets book.

Here’s to smooth, soft skin …