The Right Fats vs. The Wrong Fats

The wrong types of fats are crap.

The wrong types of fats are crap.

Dr Jeniffer Lopez writes, “With so much talk in the media about fats, and all the different types that exist, is it any wonder people are confused about which fats are good and which fats are bad? Most would say if it is fat, it’s bad. This is not so. Actually, there are good fats, as well as bad fats.

“The fats which are called Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats are essential fats, because we only get them through the foods we eat. The fats which are called saturated are the bad fats. We get saturated fats from all the meat and dairy in our daily diet.

“The really bad saturated fat is called a trans fatty acid. These are chemically altered (processed) fats. You can find them in most packaged foods listed on the label as partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil. Our bodies have a more difficult time with processed foods and would prefer foods in their natural state.”

Dr Lopez continues, “Fats are converted into what are called PROSTAGLANDINS. There are predominantly three types: PG1, PG2, and PG3. Simply put, saturated fats convert into PG2, which has an inflammatory effect on the body. Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats convert into PG1 and PG3 respectfully and produce an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.”

More and more research is showing that Americans (and all societies converting to the Standard American Diet, also known as SAD) eat too much saturated and trans fats and not enough of the essential Omega-3 fats. These nutritional errors have been linked to arthritis, cardiovascular disease, PMS, and headaches.

Now we know we don’t have to cut out all fats from our diet. Lets try to eat more of the Omega-3 fats and less of the saturated fats, especially hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats!

Good sources for essential Omega-3 fats are seeds–particularly flaxseeds, nuts, leafy greens, as  well  as olive oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed  oil,  and canola oil.

What about burning the fat you have already “collected?” Experts seem to agree that the only sure and healthy way to burn fat is through aerobic exercise.

A healthy, lean body is not for sale. You are the only person who can give it to you. It can be hard work or fun work, but the reward is well worth the effort.

A low-fat diet with aerobic exercise equals success!

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