Essential Fats (EFAs) - Fat That Helps You Lose Weight!

Although it sounds too good to be true, it actually is. Americans and Europeans have become brainwashed in the last few decades into thinking that fat equals bad. While that is certainly true for certain kinds of fats, it is definitely not true of them all. Essential fatty acids are absolutely necessary for optimal health and especially for losing unwanted pounds.

It is important to distinguish the fats that you have to stay away from and essential fatty acids. Heat-processed, fried, oxidized, or hydrogenated fats commonly found in foods such as vegetable shortening, fried foods, margarine, and cookies are trans fats. Trans fats are not only unhealthy but are unnatural, mutated fats that are actually extremely dangerous to your health. Hydrogenated fats are just that – fats that have an extra hydrogen molecule added on. The method of hydrogenation was discovered in the 1950s when food companies were looking for methods in which to make food less perishable on store shelves. While your Oreos may taste great even after they have been out of the wrapper for a while, the fats they contain are harmful to your health. A simple experiment using margarine and butter can also demonstrate how mutated trans fats really are. If you take a tub of butter and a tub of margarine and put them both outside, only the butter will attract flies. Why? Because margarine is only one molecule removed from plastic. If flies won’t even eat it, why should you?

Good fats can be found in extra virgin olive oil, fish, flaxseed oil, fish oils, nuts, seeds, and avocados. Essential fatty acids can also be supplemented by taking flaxseed and BFAA supplementation. The “omegas” are the fatty acids that have been most studied, particularly in recent years. These include omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. These fatty acids provide the body with support it needs for functions such as reproductive, cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems. While most Europeans and Americans get plenty of omega-6s since they are found in meat, most don’t get enough omega-3s and omega-9s since they are found in vegetables, seeds, and nuts.

Another healthy fat is that of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA was first recognized in the 80s when it was isolated from beef. CLA is a conjugated, polyunsaturated fatty acid that is found primarily in dairy and beef products and is a natural part of the human diet. Since levels of naturally-occurring CLA have declined in recent years, many have resorted to supplementing the fat. Some researchers also think that its disappearance may have something to do with America’s increased obesity problem. CLA has been studied exhaustively ever since to isolate the reason that it may, in fact, help people lose weight. CLA actually prevents the body from storing fat by reducing the activity of a certain enzyme that allows fat to be stored due to over consumption.

So there you go, not ALL fat is bad. Choose your fats wisely!

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