Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the polyunsaturated fatty acids. These very important fatty acids are found in plant oils and marine oils. They keep you full, help your body absorb essential vitamins, and have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids promote smoother, younger-looking skin by reducing inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
It has for long been believed that saturated fats were behind high cholesterol levels and heart disease. Research however, does not support this claim. Unsaturated fat makes up 74% of the fat that is found in clogged arteries, and more than half of that is polyunsaturated fat. Many long-living cultures ingest large amounts of saturated fats which also contain many disease-fighting nutrients and phytonutrients.
Case in point: mothers’ breast milk is high in saturated fats, which babies need for the development of their brain and nervous system. Although saturated fats have been much maligned, the truth is they are NOT the cause of heart disease.
Saturated fats raise HDL (high density lipoprotein), which is the “good” cholesterol and change LDL (low density lipoprotein), which is the “bad” from small, dense (bad) to Large LDL, which is mostly benign. Overall, saturated fats do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously believed.
Saturated fats are excellent for cooking, because they have no double bonds; they are highly resistant to heat-induced damage.