Healthy Fats: Not all fat is created equal. You’ve probably heard that there are good fats and bad fats, but do you really know which fats are the healthiest for you?
Dubbed “essential” fats, Omega-3 and Omega-6 are fats that our bodies need, but can’t produce. This means that we can only get these fats by ingesting them via our diets. Luckily, these fats are available in lots of delicious options, and from both plant based and animal sources. Here’s what you should look for on your next grocery trip.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These fats have some amazing health benefits that everyone can benefit from. Doctors agree, and years of research has been done to stand behind these health claims. First, Omega-3’s are great for your heart. Eating a diet high in these fats has been shown to have a lower incidence of heart attack. Omega-3’s can also regulate cholesterol triglyceride levels, and in some cases are even more effective at doing this than statin medications. Finally, Omega-3 fats are vital to brain health, specifically for babies and children.
Look for supplements labeled DHA, AHA, or EPA, and find these fats in the following food sources:
- Fish and fish oils (for those who aren’t vegetarian or vegan)
- Algae, flax, chia, and hemp
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Omega-6 Fats are usually abundant in the American diet, because they can be found in most vegetable oils and some meat sources, however, keeping a healthy balance of these fats in our diets is important. Omega-6’s benefit our immune system, metabolism, appearance of hair and skin, and more.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids can be found in the following food sources:
- Vegetable oils (soy, safflower, sunflower, corn)
- Chia Seeds
Want to learn more? Check out these fast facts from Delicious Living about the benefits of healthy fats and how to get more of them in your diet.
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