While there are still some people under the impression that all fats should be avoided, that is certainly far from the truth. We need healthy fat. Foods that contain fat will help keep you fuller longer, and it’s also crucial for building cells and protecting organs.
Of course, some fats that should be avoided at all costs like trans fats that are manmade and lead to a host of health problems. Avoid those unhealthy fats like the plague, but be sure to add these oils, in the organic, cold-pressed form, to your diet for optimal health.
Flax Seed Oil
Flaxseed has been cultivated for over 7,000 years; used in ancient times as a healing herb with its essential fatty acids as one of the key healing components. The body needs EFAs to function properly, working throughout the body to protect our cell membranes, allowing healthy substances in and keeping damaging toxins out.
Organic, cold-pressed flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as many other disorders. Just a few of its other benefits include reducing cancer risk, promoting healthy hair, skin and nails, reducing menopause symptoms and assisting the body in burning fat.Be sure used to drizzle on salads and steamed veggies – or consider adding it to a homemade smoothie.
There’s practically no end to the many health benefits of olive oil. Not only does it taste good, it’s good for your heart and even boosts the immune system. Rich in antioxidants, it’s thought to minimize cancer risk, decrease blood pressure, and although it is high in calories, it’s been shown to reduce obesity levels.
Keep in mind that the healthiest extra-virgin olive oils cannot handle high heat so they’re best used as a salad dressing. Instead of buttering your toast, consider using olive oil. While the lower-quality, refined olive oils are made to withstand high heat, they are heavily processed and not the best choice for good health. Always choose organic and cold-pressed whenever possible.
Coconut oil has a high saturated fat content that gave it an undeserved bad reputation for quite some time. It was considered unhealthy and thought to contribute to heart disease, but recent research has proved this wrong. Coconut oil is actually a very heart healthy food that helps your body run more efficiently.
The saturated fat in coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a compound that increases the good, or HDL, cholesterol in the blood and can improve cholesterol ratio levels. A daily intake of coconut oil helps the body to resist viruses and bacteria that can lead to illness and even fight off yeast, fungus and candida. This nearly miraculous oil can even improve blood sugar levels and boost metabolism, energy and endurance.
How will you incorporate these oils into your diet?
-The Alternative Daily