What are healthy fats and why does it matter to you?
Unhealthy fats are the cause of many chronic diseases. One of the main products of unhealthy fats is inflammation. Many of our processed foods contain unhealthy fats and sugar which together produce inflammation that lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol issues, obesity, and even cancer. Many other chronic diseases are made worse by these types of foods.
Recently over the last couple of years there have been studies that show saturated fat that is found in full fat dairy products may not contribute to heart disease. There is also evidence that medium chain fatty acids also do not contribute to heart disease. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321655.php
Unfortunately, many of these studies do not include sugar as a component. Much of our food intake that is unhealthy is not just about one food. Studies do have to try to tease out one factor at a time but the prospective studies they have looked at in some countries in the 60s looked at large populations of people. It is much more difficult to tease out one factor that would cause increasing risk of heart disease in thousands of people. Sugar will be discussed elsewhere!
The Omega 6/3 ratio is really important to understand. Our ancestors likely had a ratio of 1:1. In our modern culture most of us have a much higher ratio in the range of 12:1 and up to 25:1 in the US. In India and other locations around the world where industrialized seed oils are used heavily it can be much high as 50:1. To get more information two links are here: https://www.bulletproof.com/supplements/aminos-enzymes/omega-3-vs-omega-6-fat-supplements/#targetText=For%20most%20people%2C%20an%20omega,3%20%5B15%2C%2016%5D.
So the unhealthy fats include industrialized seed oils which are hydrogenated to be made more shelf stable.
Vegetables oils, margarine, oil sprays and low quality olive oil are included in this category.
Healthy fats include saturated fats in dairy and limited amounts from unprocessed meats, medium chain triglycerides such as coconut oil, monounsaturated fats such as high quality olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.
The hard part about all of this is learning how to get the right amount of healthy fats and avoiding unhealthy fats.
Many people have been taught for so long that eating any fat is harmful. We have been taught a low fat diet is healthier. But we do not absorb some vitamins well with a low fat diet. We will be working hard to teach people an improved ratio of healthy fats in the diet and hope to encourage restaurants to start offering much healthier fat in some of their recipes.
Traveling is a most difficult time to get healthy food in general and healthy fats in particular! We will be adding more information to this page to help people find healthy fats and foods no matter where they are!!