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Why the Processing of Consumable Oils has Devastated America's Health

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • Palm oil - Red palm oil is a great source of vitamin A.
  • Coconut oil and ghee for sautéing
  • Raw butter
  • Olive oil
  • Seed and nut oils - Flax oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, mac nut oil, and a top Body Ecology diet recommendation for taste and nutrition -- pumpkin seed oil
  • Fish oils - Cod liver oil, salmon, krill.

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.

Fat Intolerance

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.


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  • Cat

    Isn't Pumpkin Seed Oil SUPER high in highly inflammatory Omega-6?

  • blueangeloftheseas

    Thank you for providing yet another Informative and life enhancing article. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle with using mostly natural products for my beauty and diet, I'll now specifically look for unrefined oils rather than cold pressed. Thank you

  • Leaf Eating Carnivore

    kaur Singh, salma:

    This is the type of lifestyle diet you should be following. It's the only one that, short of cirrhosis, will almost always reverse Fatty Liver Disease (non-alcoholic, or NASH).

    http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/fatty-liver-disease.html

    Left untreated, NASH will make you very sick, and then kill you. Make your choice seriously.

    Good luck.

  • Chybre

    Not all polyunsaturated fats are "bad" fats. Cis shaped polyunsaturated fat molecules are the healthy fats found in vegetable oils. But yes the Trans shaped polyunsaturated fats are not as healthful. This is because good, cis polyunsaturated fats are put through a process called hydrogenation, which alters the fats structure to increase stability (or shelf life) of the oil. These refined/processed trans fats should be avoided.

    Purchasing UNREFINED vegetable oils is the easiest was to ensure you are getting adequet amounts of good, Polyunsaturated (cis shaped) fats in your diet.

  • kaur Singh

    I am also suffering from fatty liver. green tea, beet rout juice are good for this. avoid refined oils. fry with mustard seed oil. try to reduce the weight. be carefull fatty liver can be harmful, though not for everybody.

  • salma

    i had 4 kids in pakistan, after birth we had kilos of pure ghee made out of buffalo butter...home made. it did not harm in any way.but, the oil and crisp and dry for frying, is in comman use now..there is no benefit in my view to get from these refined oils..
    I have been diagnosed by fatty liver, my concern is shall I strictly avoid all fats..
    nuis

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