so, you came back to learn a little more - welcome.
continuing on from our last post which covered saturated and monounsaturated fats…
polyunsaturated fats are primarily found in vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower, corn, soybean, peanut, and others. saying all polyunsaturated fats are bad however, is a little too simplistic, since two of the most important types of fats fall in this category: omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. the word ‘essential’ implies that these foods are not produced by the body and therefore must be consumed.
there are 3 kinds of omega-3s:
- EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
- DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)
EPA and DHA can be found in algae-based supplements, while ALA is found commonly in chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts. it’s important to note though, that ALA is not converted effectively to EPA and DHA by humans, so it’s best to seek EPA and DHA sources directly .
the most important point in relation to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is finding the right ratio, with 1:1 being optimal, but 1:4 being more realistic.
so, onto trans fats..
man-made trans fats are the worst types of fat for your health. they are made by adding hydrogen gas to vegetable oils in order to make them a solid and are found commonly in packaged foods, margarine and practically anything fried. trans fats increase the bad (LDL) cholesterol in your body whilst also lowering the good (HDL) cholesterol. trans fats have been linked to cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, disorders of nervous system, colon cancer, diabetes and obesity .
in short, they’re bad for you. which is why we don’t use them, and advise against them.
we’ve worked hard to source fats that are stable, nutritious and satiating in order to make our food worth eating.
in the next post, we’ll explain why we decided to include our smoked mct as an option for both nutritional value and overall experience.
with intention, 水