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Why should I eat healthy fat at the beginning of a meal?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Having healthy fat first in a meal will slow emptying of the stomach. To get this effect, you need to eat about seventy calories of fat, which is approximately a half tablespoon of olive oil, six walnuts, twelve almonds, or twenty peanuts. Having fat first is important because slowing of the emptying of the stomach means you'll feel full with less food, and you'll eat less. It also helps keep the amount of sugar in the blood at a lower consistent level, because sugar is absorbed in the intestine, which comes after the stomach. Having fat first also helps the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as lycopene in tomatoes and lutein in leafy vegetables, as well as the fat-soluble vitamins in nutritional supplements.
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