Chances are you’ve heard that polyunsaturated fats are the “good” fats and essential to your health.
This fat fact is only partially true.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are a large group of fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6.They are considered “essential” fatty acids. That just means the body cannot make them on its own. Therefore, it is necessary to get them from the foods we eat.
Are Polyunsaturated Fats Dangerous?
But eating a diet rich in PUFAs can pose potential health issues. Here’s why:
- PUFAs are highly unstable. Because of their weak bond structure, PUFAs are prone to rancidity and oxidation which cause free radical damage to our bodies. While we must get them in our diet, it’s important to be aware of the fragile nature of these essential fats.
- The human body requires a specific ratio of PUFAs. When there is an imbalance – as there is in 99% of the population today – PUFAs become one of the most dangerous elements in our diet – promoting the inflammation that deteriorates our health.
Optimize Your Polyunsaturated Fats Ratio
But here’s the good news. You can optimize your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio by eating the diet of our ancestors.
- Avoid Vegetable Oils: The majority of omega-6 fats in the diet come from vegetable oils – including corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower, canola. Avoid these highly unstable, unhealthy fats and opt for more stable monounsaturated or saturated fats including virgin coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, ghee, butter, lard and tallow.
- Enjoy Omega-3 Rich Seafood: Enjoy wild salmon, sardines and Atlantic mackerel to increase your intake of beneficial omega-3 fats. A high quality fish oil supplement, like Carlson’s is also helpful.