Our appetite for fat is a learned one. On a sensory level, we experience fat. When you eat a food rich in fat, it almost always tastes good. Mayonnaise, meat, cheese, chocolate, and ice cream have little about their flavors in common, but they all contain large amounts of fat. And the fat is part of what makes eating these foods and others like them an enjoyable experience.
In fact, this experience can be so pleasurable that you want to taste the food again and again. Some people may actually feel as if they crave high-fat foods. Yet, it is possible to teach your taste buds to enjoy other foods with less fat. By cutting back on fat, you may not only lower your cholesterol but also control your weight as well.
Now that you know how you got an appetite for fat, you can learn to suppress it. Find out more on the next page.
For more information about losing weight, see:
- 10 Ways to Eat Healthier: Developing good eating habits is as much about making lifestyle changes as it is learning about food. Get started on the road to better eating.
- The Facts on Fats: Fat is a big part of the American diet, and it affects your cholesterol levels and the health of your heart. Learn about different types of fat and which are healthier than others.