I have friends text me all the time while shopping in the grocery store asking, "Is ____ oil healthy?" When it comes to choosing fats and oils, as a general rule, the more processing it requires to be produced, the less healthy it is. But, there are a lot of products out there claiming to be healthy, when in fact, the opposite it true. No wonder it's confusing! So, I put together an easy reference guide to choosing fats & oils.
Guide to Choosing Fats & Oils
The benefits of healthy fats are numerous. Good fats are a wonderful source of long-burning fuel for your muscles, particularly the heart. Your brain is mostly fat; it keeps your thinking clear, helps regulate healthy hormone levels, and puts you in a good mood. Fats allow you to absorb nutrients from food, especially vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats are important for maintaining healthy blood lipid levels and for healthy liver and gallbladder function. Healthy fats make your complexion glow. Fats keep you feeling full after a meal. Eating healthy fats will not make you fat – just healthier and more beautiful!
- For a fish oil pill, Radiant Life Pure Krill Oil capsules are the way to go. They are a lovely source of omega-3s in the form of EPA and DHA, as well as vitamins A, D and a host of antioxidants. Unlike the fatty acids found in other fish oils, the omega-3s in Radiant Life Krill Oil are present in a bioavailable phospholipid form, which allows them to be easily absorbed by the body and highly effective at nourishing the cells.
It's ironic, but many low-quality fish oils contain other added oils, like soybean oil (an Omega 6 oil!) Throw those out!!!
(Disclaimer: Always consult with your personal physician before trying new supplements.)
More info about healthy fats & oils:
See my other articles about lovely, healthy fats:
- Chris Kresser, L.Ac.
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, By Diane Sanfilippo
- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, By Sally Fallon, Mary Enig
- Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Mark Hyman
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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