In order to maintain health, the body needs some fat. We use fat to make tissue, to manufacture hormones, they provide a source of energy, and they are essential for many bodily functions. The trick is choosing the best fats for your body.
Getting a good balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the diet is important. These essential fats are both examples of polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, while many omega-6 fatty acids tend to contribute to inflammation. A healthy diet should consist of roughly 2 – 4 times fewer omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet, however, tends to contain 14 – 25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Many researchers believe this is a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States.
While eating fats in whole food sources like avocado, nuts and seeds is often the best way to consume fat, there are good reasons to add these oils to your diet: