Live Well, Eat Well, the Benefits of A Fat Healthy Diet

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Feb 24, 2013 Comments Off on Live Well, Eat Well, the Benefits of A Fat Healthy Diet

Online webinar
Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30pm

The typical American diet has shifted from one in which we primarily ate the leaves of plants to one where we primarily eat the seeds of plants. The overwhelming presence of corn & the diet of the cattle, pigs and chickens that provide much of our meat is one of three major factors that have contributed to this shift. A second factor is that we are eating less seafood, both because of sustainability concerns and because many fish are contaminated with toxins. The third factor is that the American mindset remains locked into the idea that foods low in fat represent a healthier choice than foods rich in oils and fat. The result is that we are increasingly depriving ourselves of the essential fatty acids our bodies require to sustain maximal health. The omega-3 fatty acids, in particular the highly complex omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA and DHA, are uniquely enriched in our central nervous system and are necessary for the proper functioning – at the most basic levels – of our brain, visual and other sensory systems. In this webinar, we will discuss the many functional roles that fats, in general, and omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, play in human physiology. Saturated, mono-unsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats each contribute important elements to a healthy diet, and recommendations over the past 30–40 years to minimize their consumption has been a tremendous – and unfortunate – disservice to our health and our body weight. Strategies for avoiding the pejorative of "fatty foods" and, instead, learning to embrace the fats and oils that contribute the savory flavors of food will be emphasized. Attendees will get a better understanding of why many fatty foods represent a better nutritional choice and decrease dependence on carbs/risks of gaining weight.
Dr. Thomas Sherman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Director of the Biomedical Sciences Program, Associate Director of the Special Masters in Physiology Program and Chair of the Medical Center Graduate Advisory Committee.

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