Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Choosing Healthy Fats

For years, nutritionists and doctors have preached the benefits of a low-fat diet. We’ve been told that reducing the amount of fat we eat is the key to losing weight, managing cholesterol, and preventing health problems. But when it comes to your mental and physical health, simply “cutting the fat” just doesn’t cut it.

There are numerous types of fat. Your body makes its own fat from taking in excess calories. Some fats are found in foods from plants and animals and are known as dietary fat. Dietary fat is one of the three macronutrients, along with protein and carbohydrates, that provide energy for your body. Fat is essential to your health because it supports a number of your body's functions. Some vitamins, for instance, must have fat to dissolve and nourish your body.

You need to eat fats -- good fats are necessary for a healthy body. But you also need to avoid some fats: the bad fats that raise your cholesterol and increase inflammation. This week, I'll teach you about dietary fats and give you some tips on getting more good fats (and fewer bad fats) into your diet.

List for Choosing Healthy Fats
Raw Olives
Cacao Butter
Coconut Butter
Soaked Nuts
Soaked Seeds: Pumpkin, Sunflower, Apricot Kernels, Flax, Chia, Hemp, and Sesame.
Virgin Olive Oil
Tea Oil from China
Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Raw Extra Virgin Palm Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Borage Oil
Evening Primose Oil
Black Currant Oil
Any Raw, truly cold-pressed Vegetable/Seed/Nut Oil
Virgin Grape Seed Oil
Vpure Omega 3 Vegan DHA from algae

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