Does FAT really make you FAT?

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Well, the answer to that question is YES and NO. It certainly depends on the kind of the fat. There are fats, which are very important for so many essential bodily functions, but the wrong type of fat can lead to an unhealthy weight gain and also heighten the risk of quite an extensive list of diseases.

Fats to Avoid

Hydrogenated Oils

It is all over the media and you can read everywhere, that hydrogenated oils are bad for your health and that you should avoid them whenever it is possible. But what exactly are Hydrogenated oils?
Hydrogenation is a chemical process where the goal is to make fat more shelf stable. This hydrogenation process dramatically changes the molecular structure of the liquid oil. The result is, that it is no longer a natural fat. Due to the fact that the human body does not recognize this altered molecules as a natural fat, it is not able to process it and thinks it is dealing with a kind of toxin. Scientists have linked this "toxin" to a variety of illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, different kinds of cancer, weight gain, birth defects and obesity.

That is why it is so important to read labels! These dangerous oils are found in many packaged foods (chips, cookies, sugar cereals, margarine, microwave popcorn, crackers, cereal bars, pretzels, and low-fat and fat-free snacks). Even some advertised "health foods" include this toxic ingredient.

Fats You Must Eat

The human body is not able to survive without fat - especially without very important fatty acids. The brain, different kind of hormones, the human immune system, and digestion system depend on this healthy fat (this is the reason why many people get health problems when they choose to go on very extreme low fat diets).

Omega 3 Fats

Although Omega 3 Fats are extremely important to human health our body is not able to produce them on its own. That is the reason why we have get these fats from food. Here is a small list of food that contains Omega 3 fats:

* raw walnuts
* leafy green vegetables
* grass fed beef
* flax sardines
* seeds
* salmon
* organic eggs

Research on this topic proofs that omega-3 fatty acids can help your health by reducing the risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. A high concentration of these acids is found in the human brain and appears to have a great impact on cognitive (performance of the brain and memory) and also on the behavioral function. Research showed that babies who get too few of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy can develop vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency are:

* dry skin
* extreme fatigue
* mood swings or depression
* heart problems
* poor circulation
* poor memory function.

Cooking Oil

The best oil used for high heat cooking is raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil. Coconut oil is without a doubt the healthiest oil available for our body and it is known that it increases the body's metabolic rate (which is helping the body to lose weight)

Oils best Raw

For salad dressing or on cooked or raw veggies it is recommended to use Olive oil and flax seed oil. The melting point of these oils is lower and they are more stable and what is very important, healthier, when kept raw.

Here is a short summary of all you have to know about fat and fat consumption:
1. Strictly avoid every product that contains hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil
2. Eat food that has a high amount of Omega 3 such as organic eggs, salmon, walnuts and flax seeds
3. Use Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil for cooking
4. For salads and veggies use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flax-seed oil raw. Another option is to integrate avocados, which include healthy fat, into your meal plans.

So use the good and healthy fats and avoid the unhealthy fats to secure your own health and the health of your family.

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