Benefits of Healthy Fats

That is correct, you read the title right. There are healthy fats. Though at one time in the history of diets, low fat diets were a big deal, we made a huge nutritional mistake with that one. While consuming a high fat diet consisting of fried foods and unhealthy junk foods, this fat is bad and can lead to heart problems, diabetes, mental problems, and obesity. This is not the kind of fat you should be eating for optimal health and it won’t ever do you any good to keep up such a diet. There are types of fat our bodies actually need or use in healthy ways to produce energy rather than arterial plaque and a wide waist-line.

Primarily, what we need in terms of healthy fats in the diet are what are called Omega 3 fatty acids. The best source for these is fatty fish such as salmon or others. The best vegetarian sources for balanced good fats art things like flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and algae oils. In fact, hemp oil provides the perfect balance of essential fatty acids including the essential Omega 6 fatty acids which help promote proper joint health and can be helpful for hormone balance. Generally, we get enough Omega 6 fats in our diets and we do not get enough of the Omega 3 fatty acids. This causes some serious health problems.

One of the most insidious manifestations of an Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency is how severely it will affect memory and the nervous system in general. Deficiency is associated with memory problems, ADD, Hyperactivity disorders, seizures, depression, anxiety disorders, and general cognitive deficiency. Do you see why you need these healthy fats now? The French fries as your favorite fast dining spot will not provide your body with these healthy fats. Look into taking a quality fish oil supplement or explore some of the other vegetable seed oils mentioned.