Thursday, October 21, 2004

Stay young – Eat more Fat?

Eat more fat? Yes, but only the correct sort and in the correct balance. Natural fats provide the body with a concentrated form of energy and allows vitamins like A and E to be digested. They are also used by the body to maintain cellular structure,

So in short, we need to eat fats.

However they come in two sorts – good and bad.

Saturated fats from animals (bad) and unsaturated from vegetables and fish (good).

Saturated fats come in 2 varieties – poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated.
What this refers to is the length of the molecules – poly - being long chain and mono – being short chain molecules.

Saturated fats raise your LDL (the bad ones) cholesterol levels and cause harm to your body by so doing.

Unsaturated fats are on the other hand are good. Oils such as cold pressed olive oil, evening primrose and cod liver oil actually lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are called Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids and have good effects on the health of your heart, with arthritis and cancer. What is really interesting about these essential fatty acids is that your body can't produce them itself, therefore you must consume them daily if you are to obtain the benefits they hold for you. It has been suggested that 1000mg per day is needed. If you aren't getting this from your diet daily then supplements may be in order. Seek advice from your health practitioner regarding your requirements.

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