Good Fats for Health: The Facts

Good Fats for Health: The Facts

My philosophy is always, “what goes on, goes in”.

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 of fats, we are the first to admit it can get really confusing,

So let’s try to simplify things a bit.

Good Fats for Health

The really great news is that most 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
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • PMS

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 than 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.

Edible Oils

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 fats:

  • Sunflower seed oil, which contains mostly polyunsaturated fat
  • Olive oil, which contains monounsaturated 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 too much of it. Ideally, one-third 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, known as Omega 6 and Omega 3.

The Naked Truth

Sadly, in the Western diet, many people eat too 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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