The Good News - The public is FINALLY starting to learn of the real benefits of fats and oils. These benefits include providing energy and satiety, regulating cholesterol, improving dry skin and eyes, creating a stronger immune system, carrying important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and relieving pain and arthritis. They are also essential for healthy hormone balance and are a must for nourishing the brain.
The Not-So-Good News -- You are likely depleted in essential fatty acids even if you are including what you think are "healthy" oils in your diet. The key to understanding how fats contribute to our health is essential fatty acids. Fats contain essential fatty acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3) that our bodies cannot make, and therefore, we must get them from food sources.
BEWARE of Refined, "Plastic" Oils
Most of the oils considered healthy are actually refined, "plastic" oils. When you see "cold pressed" or "expeller pressed" oils, even in health food stores, they do not have the same benefits as unrefined virgin oils.
A lot of what's been marketed as "healthy" oils, like canola oil for example, lack color, flavor and nutrients. With the goal to increase shelf life, the fatty acids have been removed from these "plastic" oils and our livers are not designed to handle them.
We've been eating these refined oils for over 5 generations in the U.S. and
it is now seriously affecting all generations. Added to other bad habits --
like caffeine use, stress, chemical exposure, pollution, drugs, smoking and
alcohol - using refined oils can contribute to serious dis-ease in your body.
The Benefits of Unrefined Oils
Eating a variety of high quality organic, unrefined fats and oils is essential for your health. They are even being used in alternative medical clinics and spas around the world to fight depression, emotional disorders, ADHD, autism and schizophrenia.
Additionally, evidence shows that eating fat can actually keep you slim. According to research, by adding unrefined essential fatty acid (EFA) oils to a healthy diet, such as the Body Ecology Diet, normal weight can be restored in obese people. In order for this to work though, all refined oils and margarine must be removed from the diet.
Oils Essential for Health
Look for oils that are organic and unrefined for the best health benefits - and choose a variety so that you get a wonderful array of those essential fatty acids. If you were trying to create a baseball team, you wouldn't hire only pitchers and catchers. The same is true for the fats you include in your diet: a variety of high quality fats with totally different fatty acid profiles all play different and important roles in your body.
Saturated, Unsaturated, Polyunsaturated
While there has been a backlash against saturated fats as artery-cloggers, evidence shows that these health risks are higher in number with refined unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Polyunsaturated (trans fats) found in fried and processed foods have detrimental affects on your health, including causing a risk for type II diabetes, lowering HDL (good cholesterol) and reducing blood vessel function.
The fats and oils recommended in the Body Ecology Diet are high quality, healthy fats, which you can balance with variety to suit your needs. The list below shows some examples of where you can get healthy sources essential fatty acids. Balance your consumption ratio of Omega-6s and Omega-3s one to one.
A BED Favorite - Austria's Finest Pumpkin Seed Oil
One of my favorite oils has long been a culinary secret - Austria's Finest Pumpkin Seed Oil. With its rich, nutty taste, this 100% pure, organic oil can be used on bread and adds a distinctive flavor to any food.
Austria's Finest Pumpkin Seed Oil, made from pure pumpkin seeds, is rich in many essential nutrients plus it adds an incredibly delicious taste to your foods. Learn more
Many of our readers tell us that they drizzle this pumpkin seed oil over their vegetables, ranging from "typical" vegetables like broccoli to ocean vegetables, making a truly delicious treat. In fact, Austria's Finest Pumpkin Seed Oil has become a staple on the table for every meal at Body Ecology events.
Symptoms of fat intolerance include: pains in the neck and shoulders, spasms in the large and small intestines, feeling tired just after eating, bloating, indigestion, belching, flatulence and/or nausea, right upper abdominal discomfort and hard stools.
How much fat and oil you consume each day will ultimately depend on the current health of your liver and gall bladder. This will improve as you eat fermented foods and drink fermented beverages each day.
Your digestion of fats will also benefit by eating daikon, leafy green salads, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Looking for a way to help improve the functioning of your liver and gall bladder, we created a blend of three plants that have been historically used as liver regenerative, detoxifying and blood-purifying agents, called LivAmend.
Your liver is responsible for synthesizing cholesterol and fatty acids, along with removing toxins and harmful substances in your body. LivAmend helps support liver function and helps to cleanse your liver from impurities in your diet and the environment. If you've been using refined oils, LivAmend is a great supplement to include as you introduce healthy oils into your diet.
Everything in Moderation
I recommend a wide variety of raw, virgin fats. The amount of each fat or oil you consume depends on your individual needs and how well you are currently digesting them. Don't try to compare yourself to anyone else. Each of us is unique. Determine your own individual need for fats and oils by carefully watching how your body reacts to each one.