Good Fats

Did you know there are good fats? Did you know there are good fats? Our body burns these quality fats for energy. With all the low fat diets around it has misled consumers into believing that all fats are bad. Fat is not the problem. The problem is simply that we eat too many foods with the wrong kinds of fats.

There are bad fats to avoid like saturated fats and trans fats. Then there the good fats that our body burns for energy. Our brian needs good fats to function. Good fats allow our cells to remain flexible. Our heart gets a good portion of it’s energy from the fats we burn. Our nerves are sheathed and insulated with a protective layer of fats. These fats are the ones we should eat as part of a healthy diet.

Here is a list of good fats:

Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid - Omega 3’s occur naturally in foods like flax seed, English Walnuts, Olive Oil, Soybeans, Tofu, Fish and fish oil supplements. The omega 3 fish oils are the most useful to our bodies. Quality fish oils contain EPA and DHA fatty acids which our body needs.

These are not available from most other omega 3 sources. Omega
3’s are anti-inflammatory.

Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid - While we need omega 6’s the average American consumes excessive amounts leading to an imbalance between omega 3 and omega 6 efa’s. Omega 6 efa’s come from vegetable oils, meats, and products containing vegetable oils like fried foods and bakery products. Bakery products today are laden with oils.

This excess of omega 6’s causes our bodies to be overly acidic leading to inflammation and it’s related diseases. While omega 6’s are essential in that we cannot produce them, our over-consumption of omega 6’s has made them dangerous to our health.

Monounsaturated Fats - These are fats liquid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats help lower bad cholesterol. They are found in foods like Avocados, Olives, Cold Pressed Virgin Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Almonds, Walnuts, other Nuts and Seeds.

Please note: Regular Olive Oil may be damaged in the extraction and heating of processing which is why extra virgin cold pressed is recommended. A word of caution is in order. Although avocados, olives, healthy oils, nuts and seeds are good for you, they are packed full of calories and must be eaten in moderation. Over-consumption of calories can cause weight gain.

Polyunsaturated Fats - These fats are soft at room temperature. They are found in Nuts like Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts, leafy green vegetables, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Safflower Oil. Eating them in excess may lead to cancer. A better choice would be using Olive Oil.

Unsaturated Fats - Unsaturated Fats are a mixture of Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats. Again, these help to lower cholesterol. Eating in excess may lead to cancer. Again, moderation in all things.

There is no reason to go on a low fat diet. Low fat diets have done nothing to lower obesity rates in America. Eating good fats for fuel and avoiding bad fats will improve our health. As always we must remember to be moderate in all things.

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