What Kind Of Fats Are Best

Ditch the Seed Oils: Reduce Inflammation and Embrace Healthier Fats

Seed oils like canola, corn, soy, safflower, and sunflower for example, once touted as a healthy alternative to animal fats, have come under scrutiny in recent years. Research suggests a connection between excessive seed oil consumption and chronic inflammation which can be the root cause of many health problems.  Let's explore why seed oils might be inflaming your body and what healthier options exist.

Seed Oils and the Inflammation Connection

Seed oils are rich in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which is also prevalent in processed foods. While omega-6s are essential, our modern diet tends to be overloaded with them compared to omega-3s. Both Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential, meaning our body cannot make them and we must get them through our food. It is vital for good health that they are in balance. Omega -3s have important benefits for our heart, brain, and metabolism. Omega-6s provide the body with energy.

The typical American diet high in processed foods along with frequents fast food stops, creates an imbalance with excessive omega-6 foods tipping the scales towards inflammation. It is estimated the average American consumes 10x more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Additionally, seed oils often undergo high-heat processing, creating harmful byproducts like trans fats that further promote inflammation. 

Symptoms of Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can manifest in various ways. Common signs include fatigue, joint pain, digestive issues, and skin problems. If you experience these and suspect inflammation might be the culprit, consider reducing seed oils in your diet. Since these oils are less expensive and are typically ingredients in your foods, it becomes imperative that we read the labels and become our own best advocate. Cleaner options are available.

Healthier Fat Alternatives

Fortunately, numerous delicious and anti-inflammatory fat options exist. Extra virgin olive oil, rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, is a great choice for cooking at low to medium heat. Avocado oil boasts similar benefits and a neutral taste. Coconut oil is another excellent option. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are packed with omega-3s, which actively combat inflammation.  Nuts, seeds (in moderation), and grass-fed butter are also excellent sources of healthy fats.

Making the Switch

Transitioning away from seed oils doesn't have to be drastic. Start by checking food labels and opting for products free of soybean, corn, canola, and sunflower oil. Look for alternatives like olive oil, coconut, or avocado oil for cooking. Embrace healthy fats from whole foods like fatty fish, nuts, and avocados. With these simple changes, you can reduce inflammation and promote overall well-being.

What Kind Of Fats Are Best

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Not all joint pain, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, TMJ, stiffness, or muscle pain for example is caused by our diet. For individual coaching, call 480-325-6977 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Keith Lavender, a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical, gentle chiropractic family and sports doctor. Dr. Lavender can assist through nutritional consultations, Advanced Muscle Integration Technique, Bemer therapy, and therapeutic massage. Call today and ask about same day appointments. Take control of your life and be the best you ever!

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