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Full Fat, Low Fat and Essential Fatty Acids

Feb
11
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The relationship between your brain & essential fatty acids

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The demonization of fat in the 80’s has created confusion and propaganda in the nutrition world. We were told to eat ‘low fat’ and bombarded by ‘fat free’ options, and recommendations on how to consume less ‘bad’ fat and how ‘ eating less fat will protect your heart’. Of course, the ‘bad’ fats they were referring to are animal fats and natural fats (which are all natural products). Don’t worry – we will manufacture an obscure mixture of chemicals that will end up in a nice grey colour, but then we’ll bleach it yellow– and that will protect you from those nasty substances nature was trying to get us to eat.

Unfortunately in today’s diet you can see processed vegetable oils becoming a staple part of diets. These Trans-fats have been repeatedly shown to be extremely damaging to health, but yet we were advised to use this man-made chemical, instead of all our natural oils.

We haven’t even considered EFA’s (essential fatty acids) yet. We know these fats are brain food, literally. They are essential building materials for brain cells along with micronutrients and amino acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential polyunsaturated fat. They’re called “essential” because your body can’t produce them on its own. They also offer a wide range of health benefits. For example, they’ve been shown to enhance fat loss by turning on genes that increase fat burning. They also help decrease fat storage. Omega-3 fats produce beneficial prostaglandins that decrease inflammation. They’ve been found to increase muscle recovery and growth, and they support skin, vision, and brain health.

Omega-3’s are found in fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna.
 
If you eat canned tuna choose white albacore over chunk light. Even sardines fit the profile, but, if you don’t like it? Don’t want to cook it? Or can’t afford it….then please just take a supplement. A daily spoon of good quality fish oil, surely we can manage that!