fats

With the nuts you nosh, the wild salmon you savor and the potato chips you crunch, you determine your future health.

That’s because fats are building blocks for cell membranes, precursors for a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, and are required to absorb vital nutrients.

But arguably most important, fats have the power to directly affect your genes. Surprised?

macadamia nut oil

Macadamia nuts are rich in monounsaturated fat – the fat that should comprise the majority of your fat intake.

Fats Have a Profound Impact On Your Health

The type of fat you eat affects every part of your body – your mood and level of mental clarity, your circadian rhythms, the constriction or dilation of your blood vessels, whether you store calories as fat or burn them for fuel, the fluidity or stiffness of your joints, the tone and texture of your skin, and even if your genes are primed to fight cancer…or promote it.

Sound like too much for a little molecule to do? Think again.

In fact, just one fast food meal containing unhealthy fat can increase free radical levels and dangerously constrict your blood vessels for more than 2 hours!

That’s why it’s important to be mindful of every mouthful. Each bite you take sends powerful signals to your body to heal…or to harm.

Human-like creatures have existed on this planet for as long as four million years, and for roughly 99% of this time, they were hunters and gatherers….This means that when we’re sitting down to lunch, our stone-age bodies “expect” to be fed the same types and ratios of fat that nourished our cave-dwelling ancestors. When we eat French fries cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oil instead of wild plants; or wolf down a fat-laden hamburger heaped with mayonnaise in- stead of meat from a lean, free-ranging game animal, our bodies register the insult. – Artemis P. Simopoulos and Jo Robinson, The Omega Diet

Separating Fat Fact… from Fat Fiction

For years, fats were shrouded by a gray cloud cast by “health” agencies like the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.

The recommendations by these groups to limit fat intake to 30% or less of total calories put the population on a fast track to weight gain, as we gobbled up fat-free, sugar-laden snacks by the boxful.

Not only did those foods expand our waistline, but they left us hungry for more.

Today, we know that it’s not the amount of fat in the diet, but rather the type of fat consumed that’s the key to optimal health and wellness.

Eat Healthy Fats for a Long, Disease-Free Life

At Healing Gourmet, you’ll learn why it is essential to get back to our native origins –  to enjoying the fats our bodies were designed to consume.

In our Fats Encyclopedia and throughout our site you’ll learn these amazing facts about fats:

  • How fats send important instructions to your genes
  • The fats that generate free radicals and promote aging (and how to avoid them)
  • The specific ratios of fats in common oils
  • The danger of some “essential” fats
  • How to get the right ratio of fats for optimum health through the foods you love
  • Why certain fats promote inflammation—the cornerstone of chronic disease
  • The fats you should be enjoying to fight cancer, prevent Alzheimer’s and reverse diabetes
  • Why vegetarians are missing out on the fat that’s critical for well-being
  • The cancer-fighting, tummy-trimming fat you need…in beef!
  • Why you should be eating your grandma’s favorite fat (Lard!)
  • Much more!

Omega 3 Fats

Omega 3 fats (also called n-3 fats or omega-3 fatty acids) are "essential fatty acids" or EFAs. … [Read more...]

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a healthy fat found in the meat and dairy products (like butter … [Read more...]

Omega 6 Fats

Omega 6 fats acids are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids found predominantly in vegetable oils … [Read more...]

Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs)

Chances are you’ve heard that polyunsaturated fats are the “good” fats and essential to your … [Read more...]

Monounsaturated Fats (MUFAs)

Monounsaturated fatty acids(MUFAs) are healthy fats that are liquid at room temperature.  They are … [Read more...]

Saturated fat

Saturated fat is fat that consists of triglycerides containing only saturated fatty acids. Foods … [Read more...]

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have a small molecular size and yield fewer calories than other … [Read more...]

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a high molecular weight alcohol (yes, alcohol) that is manufactured in the liver as … [Read more...]

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil and cold-water fish like wild salmon, mackerel and … [Read more...]

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. In physiological literature, it is given the … [Read more...]

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