The big FAT lie

The big FAT lie is that all fats are bad for you. Contrary to popular opinion healthy fats are essential to optimal health and do not make you fat. Fat provides structure for our cell membranes. Our cell membranes are constructed of a combination of fatty acids and proteins but mostly fatty acids. Not all fats are created equal either. There are basically three types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

The good fats are the which includes polyunsaturated and mono unsaturated. These fats help your body turn them into fuel, muscle and energy not fat. Avocado, nuts and olives are high in mono unsaturated fats. Good fats include olive oil, borage seed oil, Omega 3 fatty acids found in cold water fish and Alpha Linolenic Acid from flax seed oil.

These Omega 3 fatty acids control many of the most basic functions of our cells are essential for normal nervous system function and deficiency might be linked to lowered attention, memory loss, bipolar disorder.

For an example: Omega-3 and omega-6 play an important role in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, and other autoimmune disorders. Omega- 3 fatty acid also benefits the body by allowing more nutrients to reach the cells.

are mainly animal fats found in meat and dairy products. Animal fats tend to worsen cholesterol levels. It is like eating someone else’s cholesterol.

Included in the line of medium chain saturated fats are coconut and coconut oil. These plant based oils have been shown to provide extraordinary health benefits.

are the ugly fats. These fats are produced by heating vegetable oil in the presence of hydrogen. Partial hydrogenated oils in foods keep baked goods on the shelf longer and act as a food preservative. However, partially hydrogenated oil causes trouble in your body. Our bodies can not easily break down these fats. They compromise the integrity and jam the function of the cell membrane so that it cannot function optimally. Trans fats can often lead to blocked arteries, heart disease, increase insulin sensitivity and severe inflammation which can lead to regenerative disease. Trans fats may also promote cancer and may increase the level of bad cholesterol and decrease the good cholesterol.

Trans fats are found in foods such as French Fries, onion rings, shortening, margarine, donuts, dressing, potato chips, tortilla chips, puffed cheese chips, burgers, ice cream, candy, cookies and cakes.

Recently, the FDA required food industry to list the amount of trans fats on food labels. To qualify as “trans fat-free,” a food product must contain .5 gram or less of trans fat per serving.

Natural Health tip: Read your labels. Beware of trans fats. Trans fats may also be called “hydrogenated oil’” or “partially hydrogenated oil” or “partially hardened fats.” You may be surprised to find these terms on four out of five items in your grocery store.

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