Good Fats Vs Bad Fats - Do You Know the Differences?
Here's the deal with good fats vs. bad fats. You have to have fat in your diet. It's crucial for survival. But, as you may realize, there's a difference in the types of fats available.
Let's take a look. Your brain is made up about 60% fats. These fats are your omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. Both are necessary. But, nutritionists say most Americans are wildly out of balance in these. That's where the good fats vs. bad fats idea comes from. Most Americans get about 30 times the omega 6's to every omega 3.
And that's a problem.
It's a problem because your body is smart. If it's not getting the nutrients it needs, it'll figure out how to make replacements. Except the replacements are inaccurate facsimiles. They'll seem to get the job done-for awhile. But eventually, there's going to be a reckoning and it's going to be your health.
Research shows high levels of these replacement fatty acids show up in people who are chronically depressed or have ADD. Eating lots of good fats vs. bad fats can reverse this.
It's all in your diet. If you eat a lot of fast food, other processed foods (frozen meals, etc.), commercial baked goods and little fish, fruits and vegetables-you're setting yourself up for health problems. Heart disease, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis-that kind of thing.
On the other hand, if you eat fish 2-3 times a week and lots of fruits and vegetables you may be ok. But, how do your kids eat? Your spouse?
Research shows these good fats can reduce inflammation that leads to chronic diseases. These fatty acids can improve your memory and protect your heart. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish 2-3 times a week to get the omega 3 fatty acids you need.
Children need these omega 3's because they're building blocks for their brain.
Studies show young children benefit from them because the fatty acids improve their hand and eye coordination. They improve their language skills and even their concentration and focus so they can do well in school. In fact, some children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have improved dramatically with high levels of good fats vs. bad fats in their diets.
An English study gave high levels of fish oil supplements to primary age school children and within a few weeks all of the children showed improvement in their schoolwork and level of focus. One boy improved an entire grade level in his reading within a handful of months! Omega 3's are necessary for the brain.
Of course, if you choose to go with fish oil supplements, you'll want to make sure they're pure. Some supplements have been found to have high levels of mercury and PCB's in them. You do want high levels of DHA fatty acid. This is the important omega 3 component for brain health.
To learn more about how fish oil supplements can help you get more good fats vs bad fats in you and your family's diets, please visit my website where I share what to look for and how to spot a high quality supplement.
Audrey Alexander is a passionate advocate of health and nutrition. To learn more about effective Omega 3's and supplements she recommends after extensive research, visit http://www.omega3-reviews.com.
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