So, we now know how bad trans fat is to our health. What is good fat? Is there such thing as good fat? Not on these grandma thighs, there isn’t. But inside this Gram’s cells, you bet it’s good. Why? Because every cell membrane is made mostly of lipids….yep, fat.
Fat protects the cells, allows communication with other cells, and assists with the structure and function of the cell. It’s a necessary component of our DNA. I’m concerned for people who eliminate all fat from the diet, over time they weaken the cells, and that leads to disease.
Leviticus 3:16 “and the priest shall burn them on the altar as food, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma; all the fat is the LORD’S.”
It’s interesting, in the sacrifices of the Old Testament, the fat was reserved for the LORD. It became a perpetual statute to the Israelites: You shall eat neither fat nor blood. Lev 3:17 NKJ. What we think of as the worst part, is a sweet aroma to the Lord. I love that! He is welcome to that saturated aroma, my friends. Our Father knows best.
As He abundantly and thoughtfully created the olive tree for our benefit and consumption. Rich in mono saturated fat, olive oil contains vitamin E and vitamin K as well as omega 6 and 9 fat. A fat that is reported to decrease inflammation and improve Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol. As with all fats and food in general, smaller amounts are best.
Other Omega 3 fat containing foods are walnuts, flax-seed and fish. Yum, how many times did fish feed the multitudes? Plenty! And oh, how good it is to eat fish. Canola oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, grains, and Brazil nuts all contain good mounts of omega 3.
Sources containing Omega 6 fats, to name a few, are sunflower, pistachios, and safflower oil. It’s important to remember that a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 2:1 . Yet, we tend to partake of too much Omega 6, at rate of 15:2 (1) in the over consumption of processed food.
Although necessary for brain health and cell function, this over consumption of Omega 6 is thought to lead to chronic inflammation (2). Speaking of inflammation, how about those Omega 9 fats found in avocados? They are delicious and nutritious. Omega 9 is also found in hazelnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, almonds. Although the body does make it naturally and works to balance out the other two.
The bottom line is, eat healthy fats, in small amounts, to maintain optimal health, lower cardiac risks, and avoid chronic disease. A little fat goes a long way. God bless you on your journey to a healthier heart.