Is butter better? Should we be consuming coconut oil?
What's all the hype about fish oils? Saturated, Polyunsaturated, Good for You ? Bad for You? ...... All so Confusing!
The truth is that we need fats in our diet and most naturally occurring fats are good for us to consume, providing us with health promoting and healing properties.
The fats to avoid are the processed, refined or hydrogenated fats such as commercial oils and margarine. These fats have been altered in their molecular structure and when consumed, cause free radical damage which is a precursor to most diseases.
On the other hand, 'good fats' are full of wonderful health benefits. The wall surrounding every single cell in our bodies is made up of fat! the "lipid" (fat) bi-layer protects the cell. Healthy cell walls contain healthy cells which make a healthy body!
Some good fats include, organic cold pressed oils such as olive oil, fish oil, butter and coconut oil.
For good health we need a ratio of twice as many omega 3 oils (fish oils) to vegetable oils and as vegetable oils are added to so many of our foods it's best to avoid these. As well as this, the molecular structure of these oils makes them unstable when exposed to heat, light or air which causes them to oxidise and become rancid which you cannot smell due to the processing of the oils.
Studies have also shown that fish oils with therapeutic levels of EPA and DHA (that have been tested for mercury and other contaminants) and organic butters which are rich in vitamins A,D, E, K, manganese, zinc, chromium, iodine and conjugated linoleic acid or CLA may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Fat-soluble toxins such as petrochemicals, heavy metals, organic solvents and pesticides are mostly eliminated via bile, and then through the bowel with some through the urine. In order to effectively cleanse the body of these contaminants, the gallbladder must be stimulated. If the diet is low in fat, the gallbladder shrinks and you run the risk of developing gall stones. Subsequently, a diet that is low in fat cannot adequately eliminate fat-soluble toxins or effectively absorb the fat soluble vitamins.