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More About Healthy Fats

For decades the conventional wisdom was that eating fat made us fat. As a result, food manufacturers went wild with refined carbohydrates and sugar, seeking to make low-fat foods more palatable. Now, it’s understood that it’s those foods that make us fat.

As explained in Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly, our body needs certain types of fat to maintain health. These fats are called essential fatty acids (EFAs) because they are required for normal metabolic function. Because they are not manufactured internally, we must obtain them from foods and nutritional supplements we consume. The most important of these are Omega-3 EFAs, found in a variety of foods, including fatty fish, olives, avocados, nuts and seeds. Recently, some saturated fats, previously considered unhealthful, are also being shown to be beneficial.

Let’s take a look at some of these healthy fats, which have variable compositions. Continue reading More About Healthy Fats

Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly

Are you confused about the amounts and kinds of fat you should include in your diet? Just about everyone is. For decades, we have been advised to limit fats. But our bodies need certain types of fat throughout our lives. The brain needs fat for its development during infancy and childhood and for normal function in adulthood. Fat is also needed for the absorption of some essential vitamins, the manufacturing of hormones and a wide range of normal metabolic activities.

The Good

The body needs only certain types of fats—omega-6s and omega-3s. These polyunsaturated fats are called essential fatty acids (EFAs) because the body can’t function without them and can’t produce them on its own. Omega-6s, found in animal foods, are necessary for proper body function, but only in limited quantities because Continue reading Fats: The Good, The Debatable, The Ugly