Even though the “low fat” craze of the 1980’s and 1990’s scared people off for a while from eating eggs or enjoying the taste of butter, that phase is fortunately now at an end. Even the medical profession as well as nutritionists across the country are acknowledging the fact that fats are part of a healthy diet.
However, not all fats are created equal. Some fats are incredibly healthy and are able to help support heart health, curb the appetite naturally and help those who are striving to achieve their weight loss goals. Other fats, however, actually increase inflammation in the body, promote weight gain and cause the build-up of plaque in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack. Below is a break-down of what oils and fats to avoid and which ones to use to stay healthy.
Which Oils to Avoid
In general, the very worst oils that need to be avoided include anything that has been hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. While these oils are based on natural plant sources, by the time they are finished with the industrial process of hydrogenation, they are highly refined and processed products. Worse yet, they contain trans fats, which are some of the unhealthiest fats in the world. Regular consumption of them is a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
Oils that should be eliminated from any healthy kitchen, then, include the following:
What Oils to Consume
Again, however, just because something contains fat does not mean it is unhealthy! There are many examples of healthy fats that the body needs to carry out many important functions every day. These healthy fats include:
- Coconut oil
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Ghee (refined butter)
- Red palm oilFlax seed oil
- Hemp seed oil
The fats above more mostly polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats. They tend to carry with them added health benefits apart from providing healthy fats as well. Coconut oil, for instance, can boost the immune system and help with weight loss. Olive oil has been shown to help support good cardiac health and function. Red palm oil is rich in both lycopene and beta-carotene, antioxidants associated with a stronger immune system and a slowing of the aging process.
If possible, buy these oils in an organic, unrefined or raw state to maximize their health benefits. When buying ghee, also be sure that this butter is made from organically raised, grass-fed cows to avoid the antibiotics and artificial growth hormones that play such a large part in the conventional dairy industry.
In short, switching the bad fats and oils out for their healthier counterparts will ensure a delicious diet that is still rich and flavorful while promoting heart health, weight loss and general immunity!
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