Fats and Oils: A Primer
By Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN

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Fats are essential to our well-being and create healthy vision, reproductive health, nervous and immune system regulation, skin, hair and nails. They are critical for proper functioning of every cell in your body. Our body fat is composed of the type of fats we choose to eat. The best fats come in natural foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and fish.

When purchasing oils look for oils that say: expeller pressed, cold pressed, or extra virgin. These oils have simply been heated and pressed. Commercial oils have all nutrients stripped and also have traces of solvents in them. Organic oils are best. Many types of oils are considered healthful and include: extra virgin olive, macadamia, sesame, walnut, almond, soy, coconut, safflower, sunflower, truffle, and more. Oils ought to have varied color and flavor that reflects the original substance. Keep nuts, seeds, and oils, except olive and coconut, in the refrigerator so that they won’t get rancid.

If you only make one dietary change, stop using all products that contain hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil, or vegetable shortening. They block normal biochemistry and have been linked to cancer, arthritis, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome and other inflammatory diseases.

© Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, CCN


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