Fats are not the Enemy!! Its important to understand them.

Posted by Mark Hamilton on

Fats are essential part of our diet and health, key for many vital functions in the body.

Fats are an essential nutrient for good health, but like any nutrient, their impact on health depends on the type and amount consumed. There are different types of fats, including:

  1. Saturated fats: These are typically solid at room temperature and are found in animal products like meat and dairy, as well as some plant oils like coconut and palm oil. Excessive consumption of saturated fats can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease. However we do need them in our diet, so a balanced amount can be extremely healthy for us.

  2. Trans fats: These are artificial fats created through a process called hydrogenation, which turns liquid oils into solid fats. Trans fats are often found in processed and fried foods and are considered particularly harmful to health. Many countries have implemented restrictions or bans on trans fats.

  3. Monounsaturated fats: These fats are found in foods like olive oil, avocados, and nuts. They are considered heart-healthy and can help improve cholesterol levels.

  4. Polyunsaturated fats: These fats include omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for the body. Sources of polyunsaturated fats include fatty fish (e.g., salmon), flaxseeds, and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, have been associated with numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and inflammation.

  5. Dietary fats: These fats are necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and for the overall functioning of the body.

In general, it's important to consume fats in moderation and focus on the healthier types, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, while limiting saturated and trans fats. 

Like everything, Ultimately, a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods, including fats, is key to supporting good health.

If you need more essential fats in your diet consider taking something like Viridian's Scandinavian Rainbow Trout Oil or the LSC Krill Oil

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