The body does not create fat, so it must be consumed. This critical nutrient makes up the wall of every cell in the body and some fats help the body make anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving chemicals. In addition, a 2014 study from Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, found that a diet containing liberal amounts of fat and minimal carbohydrates helps the body burn more fat and improves cholesterol better than a low-fat diet.
Healthy, omega-3 polyunsaturated fats can be found in walnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, tofu, soybeans, salmon, mackerel, herring and trout. Monounsaturated fats are also good for the body and are found in avocados, olive oil, olives, and many nuts and seeds. While general knowledge holds that saturated fats are bad for us, coconut oil is a healthy source of saturated fat, containing medium chain triglycerides that are used as a quick energy source or turned into ketones by the body. Ketones can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and brain cancer.
Unhealthy fats should be limited or eliminated. These include trans, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats. Found in processed foods and fast food restaurants, these fats increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and Type 2 diabetes.
For more information, contact Keith Bishop, clinical nutritionist at Flourish Compounding Pharmacy, Natural Nutrition and Stretch Studio, located at 14720 N. Pennsylvania Ave., OKC, or visit FlourishRx.com.