Our philosophy at The Naked Chemist,
So it seems only fitting, that we also write about the all important good fats for health.
But with so much information on the types fats, we are the first to admit it can get really confusing,
So lets try to simplify things a bit….
Good Fats for Health
The really great news is, that fats are good for you.
These are just some of the conditions and diseases, that have been linked to a deficiency in essential fats, which your body requires for health:
- Lack of concentration
- Heart disease
So you could say these fats are vital for you!
If you think about it our brains are made from around 60% fat, because our body can’t naturally produce these fats, we need to be including around one-third of these essential fatty acids in our diet.
However it is important to note, that it should be no more then 20% of your total calories in fat.
Unfortunately unless you are going out of your way to eat these good fats, chances are you are not getting enough of the right types of fats in your diet.
Fats for Health
There are many healthy edible oils that are good for us.
The average western diet, usually contains a combination of all 3 of the following types of fat for health:
- Sunflower seed oil, which contains mostly polyunsaturated fat
- Olive oil, which contains mono-unsaturated fat
- Meat, which is mostly all saturated fat
From a nutritionist point of view, it is recommended that no more than one third of our total daily fat intake, should contain saturated fat.
This is the hard type of fat that can clog your arteries if you eat to much of it, ideally one thrid of our fat also needs to come from polyunsaturated oils or fats…..
This is however where it starts to become tricky, because within the polyunsaturated fat family there are two essential fats, these are known as Omega 6 and Omega 3 foods.
The Naked Truth
Sadly in the Western diet, many people eat to much saturated fat and are deficient in both Omega 6 and Omega 3.
Many of the polyunsaturated fats that are eaten in the diet today, come from hydrogenated fats; These are damaged fats that have been processed, known as hydrogenated fats.
Margarines are a really good example of this kind of damaged fat, that is really bad for your health.
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