The 5: Know how to play the fat game

 The 5: Know how to play the fat game

I've always felt that fat gets a bad wrap simply because of its name. Let's face it, if it were called skinny, wouldn't you be inclined to eat more of it? Just as there are "good" carbs and "bad" carbs, "good" cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol, there is "good" fat and "bad" fat. The trick is to know how to play the fat game right.

The 5: Know how to play the fat game

The first step is to cut down on, or entirely avoid, foods that are high in trans fatty acids and made from man hydrogenated oil. Cookies, cake, pies and other baked goods typically fall into this category.

The second step is to avoid highly refined and processes vegetable oils such as corn, sunflower, and safflower. These oils have been linked to an increased risk of tumor growth and free-radical damage.

The third step is to balance your intake of omega-6 to your intake of omega-3s. Many people consume far more omega-6 than we do omega-3 fatty acids. Strive to consume a 4-to-1 ratio or less of omega-6 to omega-3.

The fourth step is to avoid using cod liver oil as a source of essential fatty acids. While omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to offer a host of health benefits, obtaining this healthy fat from cod liver oil is not the best way to go. Due to its high presence of toxins, pesticides and heavy metals, cod liver oil should instead be replaced by a product derived from fish-body oils.

The fifth step is to try not to consume anything that will minimize the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Too many simple carbs, excessive amounts of alcohol, and an inadequate intake of vitamins can inhibit the anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties of omega-3s.

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