Did you know that your brain is about 60 percent fat? The fats you eat strongly influence your level of brain function. Some nutritional anthropologists believe the human brain would not have developed as it did without access to high levels of DHA (a type of fat) found in fish and wild game. Just two generations of high omega-6 and low omega-3 fats can lead to profound changes in brain size and function. Fat is made of fatty acids attached to a substance called glycerol. Fats play an important role in the body; they are essential to build cell membranes, clot blood, absorb vitamins.
It is the type of fat that matters, not the amount. Learning about fats can be confusing. When you go to the grocery store, you’re confronted with advertisements telling you that a product is low in fat, or a product is made with partially hydrogenated oil. To make sense of all the labels, I’ve compiled the following list of definitions for you:
- Saturated fats: Saturated fats are found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, and ice cream, cream and fatty meats. They are also found in some vegetable oils-namely coconut, palm and palm kernel. Saturated fats are not as dangerous as you think. In fact, coconut oil is quite healthy and is the oil to use for cooking since it is far less likely to be damaged through heating.
- Trans-fatty acids: These fats form when vegetable oil hardens; a process called hydrogenation, and can raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. They can also lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels. They can also lower HDL levels. These fatty acids have been linked repeatedly to heart disease.
- Monounsaturated fats: The best oil here is olive oil. (I may be biased by my Sicilian heritage, however by 92 year grandma looks like she is in her 60’s! I’ll take it!)
This is one of 6 great elements to Eating Healthy and Detoxing your body. To read more about all of these elements, read the entire article, “Eating your way to Detoxed”