As you start reading the beginning of this article, you find yourself confuse. You cannot understand how fats are a must for your diet. Don’t worry you are not alone, people panic when I tell them that fats are necessary for a good diet. They have this strong believe that fats are just bad for your health and they have more damaging qualities than benefits. They also believe that by eating fats, you get..well…fat.
But that is not the case at all, if you know what type of fats to include in your diet. Yes it is true that some fats are just plain “bad” like trans fatty acids of saturated fats, but let not judge all fats as being bad for you because of them. By the time you finish reading this article you will have learned the important role of fats in our diet.
Now why do I say that fats are important for your diet?
It is simple. Fats needs to be part of your diet because they contain some unique qualities our body needs to function properly. Fats are important because they help carry vitamins A,D,E, and K throughout our system in order for us to maintain a healthy skin, strengthen bones, help in blood clotting and may prevent cancer.
There are also fats which we need to obtained from our diet that are known as essential fatty acids. These are the omega 3, 6. and 9. Out of all the omegas, the omega 3 is causing more excitement around scientists for its health benefits. The omega 3 is becoming famous due to their anti-inflammatory action and really good effect on blood cholesterol levels.
The only problem we face as vegans, and even worse for non-vegans, is that the omega 3 intake in our diet is extremely low and needs proper planning and an adequate ratio intake with the other omega, omega 6. So it is important to consume products high in omega 3 to get all the benefits from this essential fatty acid. One food that is very high in omega 3 and has other really great qualities, is flax seed oil. Some people find this oil to have a strong taste but with a good recipe, you can take this oil, make it taste wonderful and get the omega 3 you need for optimum health.
You don’t have to worry too much about the omega 6 essential fatty acid, as it is more common for us to find this on products and foods, but it is always good to read the label to see how much of it the product contains.
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