Fats are necessary for good health. It is now proven beyond doubt that good fats, such as Omega 3 fatty acids (linoleic acids) and polyunsaturated fats reduce the incidence of heart disease by offering a certain amount of protection.
Middle-aged men with a high intake of these fatty acids were 62 percent less likely to die from heart disease than other men, according to a Finnish study.
Saturated fats, like those contained in animal meats are harmful to the heart whereas monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are believed to lower blood pressure and serum cholesterol, and in so doing lessen the risk of heart attacks. Oils containing good fats high in linoleic acid are olive, safflower, canola, corn, sunflower, and soybean. Good fats are also found in fish whose oils are reputed to reduce triglycerides by 33 percent, far more than any other polyunsaturated oil.
As a broad rule, saturated fats are generally solid or semisolid at room temperatures (lard, meat fat, butter), and unsaturated fats such as vegetable oils are liquid. The Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs suggests that our diets should contain equal quantities of both fats.
Natural medicine is no different in its outlook. It promotes a healthy eating plan, choosing the right foods and knowing what foods to avoid. The recommended diet should be rich in protein and healthy fats and consist of low glycemic carbohydrates. Natural medicine stresses the importance of organic fruits and vegetables, berries and nuts, mercury-free fish and meat of free ranging animals, which are grass-fed rather than corn-fed.
Alternative medicine promotes such a diet as being the best route to optimal health and weight loss.
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