Choosing the Best Oils

A common confusion for many people is knowing which fats are “good fats” and which are “bad fats.”┬áThere seems to be so much conflicting information out there, leaving people unsure of what to do. We recently came across a helpful article on the Mayo Clinic Nutrition-Wise blog entitled, “Is it time for an oil change?” In short, they recommend framing the problem in terms of omega-6 vs. omega-3 fatty acids. As a result, for optimal health lower the amount of omega-6 fatty acids, found in high quantities in such many vegetable oils (such as corn and soybean) and animals raised on omega-6 foods (i.e. grain-fed meat, milk and eggs). Some vegetable oils are low in omega-6’s, such as olive, avocado, flaxseed and canola, and therefore are good choices. Increasing omega-3 fatty acids is also important, and can be obtained from fish, grass-fed meat, and certain oils, like flaxseed.

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