The safest, most effective therapies for optimal health!
by Ellen Landauer
Unhealthy fats are too often given undeserved praise as health foods!
Let's get clear about which ones to avoid...
PHOTO: Healthy Paleo-Salad with romaine lettuce, seared sirloin steak, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
I hope this is unnecessary, and assume you know - but I feel obligated to include the worst unhealthy fats because indeed they are...
- Hydrogenated oils of ANY kind
- Overheated oils (such as those used for french fries at fast food places).
- 'Sanitized' oils (such as 'molecularly distilled' anything). This includes molecularly distilled fish oils.
Does this surprise you?
How can flax oil be an unhealthy fat? It contains an abundance of omega-3 essential fatty acids, doesn't it?
Here's the problem: flax oil is THE most unstable edible oil. It goes rancid far more quickly than just about any fat you can name! Rancid oils contain a LOT of free radicals that damage the body and are a major cause of disease and accelerated aging.
If you DO want to include flaxseed in your diet, get whole flaxseeds fromthe health store. Grind a small amount in a coffee grinder and eat it immediately.
Did you know that once flaxseed is ground, within 24 hours it does not even qualify as animal feed? This is because the fatty acids are so unstable they go rancid that fast! Rancid fats in flax oil and ground flaxseed are unhealthy fats.
You will not find this information readily available on the internet. Why? Because those selling flax oil dominate the search results! This is the kind of misinformation that drives my passion to create this website!
I used to buy peanut, walnut and hazelnut oils for use in salads and cooking. Like flax oil, these nut oils are unhealthy fats because they are quite unstable and become rancid easily, though not as easily as flax oil.
Rancidity results in increased free radical activity and inflammation in all who consume these unhealthy fats!
Remember that free radicals and inflammation are MAJOR contributing factors to serious disease, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers and arthritis.
There are other problems that make consumption of nut oils a bad idea.
First, they contain FAR more omega-6 essential fatty acids than omega-3's. This in itself increases inflammatory response.
Most people consume a disproportionate amount of omega-6's. Research shows that too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3's is related to cancer risk.
Secondly, cold pressed nut oils are VERY heat-sensitive - not good for cooking. Molecular changes from heating make these oils into toxic substances that are not good for us.
Third, you may be interested to know that the majority of 'cold pressed' oils ARE heated. Even the nut and seed oils you find in health stores have been refined and deodorized, which requires HEAT!
The term 'cold pressed' technically refers to the nuts or seeds themselves not being exposed to the high temperatures used for conventional brands of oils. However, that doesn't mean that AFTER the oil is expressed from the nut or seed, no heat is applied!
Similar, though slightly less, degradation through rancidity occurs in nut butters. when you buy almond, cashew, or other nut butters, you never know how long it's been since they were ground into a paste.
Nut butters have all the same problems to a lesser degree than nut oils.
If you love nut butters, the BEST, healthiest and tastiest solution is to grind your own from the freshest nuts you can find!
Take a close look at these walnuts... See how the ones on the left are bright, creamy white inside? That's what you want to look for when buying nuts.
Avoid dull coloration like the ones on the right. That dull yellowish color indicates older nuts - with the unavoidable resulting rancidity - stay away!
There is no benefit to consuming vegetable oils! They are ALL unhealthy fats!
If you like to use oils for a salad dressing, the least problematic for most people are olive or avocado oils.
An alternative is to use sour cream from grassfed cows as a main ingredient for dressings and dips. You can add Italian herbs and rosemary, a little salt, grated fresh garlic and other spices. A little white vinegar plus salt and pepper gives some pizzazz. Spectrum White Vinegar (made from beets) is a good vinegar to use.
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE
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