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Where does the fat we eat go?

Ever wondered where the fat in foods goes? Here's more about what it does in our bodies....

1. Brain

When arteries get clogged up this can stop blood getting to the right parts of our brain and can cause strokes.

2. Heart

Arteries carry blood around our bodies. Over time, too much saturated fat can clog up our arteries and restrict the blood supply to our heart which can cause chest pain (angina) and if completely blocked heart attacks.

3. Pancreas

Eating too much fat can make us put on weight. Being overweight or obese can stop our pancreas from producing enough insulin and cause type 2 diabetes.

4. Bowel

Being overweight increases our risk of getting bowel cancer - but a diet high in fibre and low in saturated fat keeps our bowel healthy and reduces the risk.

5. Body

If we eat too much fat we store the fat in our bodies which can lead us to put on weight.

My kids love outings to fast food restaurants but I know the food is bad for them. Is there a healthier alternative?

Kids do tend to love visiting fast food restaurants but some food choices can be high in fat, salt and sugar. Some restaurants do have nutritional information on their menus but it can be very difficult to get kids to choose salad over chips! So the best advice is to visit only once in a while.

You can also make your own leaner version of burgers at home, with turkey mince, fresh lettuce and tomatoes - check out our homemade turkey burger recipe.

To add more fun, try turning your kitchen into a fast food restaurant instead of going out. Make some menus, and serve homemade burgers, potato wedges and smoothies. Then just add plastic cutlery and colouring books. Better than the real thing - and cheaper!
Find out more about food labelling

My wife always gets us fish and chips on Friday nights because she doesn’t like to cook at the weekends. I’m worried that this is going to make us fat. What swaps can we make?

Fish and chips is a great traditional dish – but a portion can contain up to 1,500 calories. On average, women should eat around 2,000 calories each day, and men 2,500. So fish and chips can take up a big chunk of that – and that’s before all your other meals, snacks and drinks have been taken into account that day.

You could try sharing a portion and add some salad, baked beans, bread or mushy peas to fill you up instead. Or try having a kids’ portion, if they do it. Have it every other week or try making your own oven baked version at home instead. And watch the salt - if you want salt, it’s best to add a small amount yourself.
Read more about healthier takeaways

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