Polyunsaturated fats: Essential or toxic?

Polyunsaturated fats: Essential or toxic? Yes, I’m back—back with even more mind-twisting information that will make you question, once again, the foods you are feeding your body. Today’s topic — Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids — also known as PUFAs. Now, before you stop reading because you have no idea what the heck PUFAs are, and you are not interested in all this science jargon — I beg you to continue. Why? Because you are probably consuming PUFAs everyday! The problem is, you are most likely thinking you are doing something healthful for yourself. When in fact, you may be causing your body to age faster, slowing your metabolic rate, which is making you fatter, and increasing your chances of disease. Do I have your attention now? Good! Let’s continue. First, what are polyunsaturated fats? Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are fatty acids with many double bonds. All polyunsaturated fatty acids lack several hydrogen atoms. This makes them far less stable than a fully saturated fatty acid. This instability produces a molecule that is more susceptible to being attacked and damaged by free radicals. Free radical damage can cause accelerated aging, hormone imbalance, cancer, and immune disorders. Yikes! So what oils contain polyunsaturated fats? Well, to be honest ALL oils contain some amount of PUFAs. Here is a list of oils that have the highest concentration and can be the most harmful: Soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, grapeseed oil, sesame seed, nut oils (peanut, walnut, almond, etc), flaxseed, fish oil, cod liver oil, evening primrose, borage oils, and yes, this even includes Omega-3 and Omega-6 (also known as the “essential fatty acids”)....

Demonizing Saturated fats…did we make a mistake?

Demonizing saturated fats…did we make a mistake? More than ever, it seems people today are confused on what to eat and what is truth. With so much conflicting information AND changing of nutrition advice, we are all at a loss as to what is actually healthy for us and what is not. I know my head is constantly spinning. The truth is, overall, we really don’t know that much about food, nutrition, hormonal response to foods, and how this all affects our physiology. Nutrition is such a new science — we’ve barely touched the surface as to the power it has over our health and wellbeing. And we’ve mislabeled good things as bad and bad things as good over time. We learn as we go and as we take a deeper look at the old and new data. With that said, today I want to talk about a very controversial topic — saturated fat. You know, the evil, artery clogging, heart attack promoting stuff that most doctors tell you to eliminate from your diet or lower as much as possible. Today I want to present another side to the saturated fat story. I want to discuss with you (with studies to back up what I’m saying) why I believe saturated fat has undeservingly received a bad reputation. I will discuss why saturated fat can actually be very beneficial to you — why we have been brainwashed into thinking it is unhealthful and why you should start incorporating it back into your daily diet. First, what are saturated fats? Saturated fats are chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen that are...