Any excess calories a person takes in from carbohydrates, fats or proteins are converted and stored as body fat, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Some body fat is necessary, according to Nutrition.gov, but excess body fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
According to Iowa State University, most men should have between 10 and 20 percent body fat and women should have between 20 and 30 percent body fat to maintain good health. A healthy amount of fat protects vital organs, allows absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and insulates the body. To lose weight and body fat, Nutrition.gov recommends that a person eats fewer calories than he burns each day.Learn More
According to the Mayo Clinic, whey protein supplements are likely safe for most adults, but whey protein should be avoided by those who are lactose-intolerant or have a dairy allergy. Whey protein might lower blood sugar, so diabetics should seek medical advice before taking it.Full Answer >
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on two slices of bread contains approximately 10 grams of protein. The amount of protein varies depending on the amount of peanut butter and the type of bread used to make the sandwich.Full Answer >
Bananas do not cause belly fat. Although these have more calories and carbohydrates than most fruits, they contain no fat or cholesterol. Bananas are a good source of dietary fiber, which gives a longer feeling of fullness and pulls some calories in the digestive tract before they get absorbed.Full Answer >
Almonds, brown rice, whole wheat, dried beans and peanuts are all relatively good sources of plant sterols. Other reliable sources of plant sterols include lentils, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.Full Answer >