Although reducing the consumption of the wrong fats – particularly an excess of saturated fats, vegetable oils other than olive oil, and those fats known as trans-fatty acids – is a worthy goal, it’s not healthy to try to eliminate all from your diet. In fact, this can be downright dangerous to your overall health, your brain power, and the condition of your skin. Fat is one of the nutrients your body requires, along with proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins. The building blocks of fats and oils are called fatty acids. There exists a group of these fatty acids, known as essential fatty acids (EFAs), which we can’t make in our bodies. We must get them from the foods we eat, such as pumpkin seeds, leafy vegetables and fish.
EFAs offer a variety of health benefits:
- Protect against heart disease.
- Protect against mental depression while preserving cognitive function.
- Lower blood pressure.
- Decrease the risk of blood clots.
- Lower the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers.
- Reduce inflammation, especially of autoimmune diseases.
- Keep skin supple and wrinkle-free.
What foods rich in EFAs are you consuming on a regular basis?