It is true that high intake of fats and oils has been shown to increase the risk for developing heart disease. Nonetheless, certain types of oil have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. In a Spanish research study published in the British Medical Journal, it was found that the oil consumption of 40,000 participants had no significant association with the development of coronary heart disease. This result may be attributed to the fact that in the Mediterranean countries, olive oil is the oil most heavily used.
I absolutely love cooking with coconut oil, as it can withstand pretty high heat. Other oils, such as olive, flax seed and hemp oil, are better used without heating them at all, and they’re high in Omega-3s. On the other hand, I try to avoid high Omega-6 oils such as canola, sunflower and safflower oils, as we already consume way too much of this type of fat and they promote inflammation. Consuming heart healthy fats can help lower bad cholesterol levels, regulate blood clotting and improve blood sugar control. This shows that not all fats are bad for our health; we just have to make the right choices and use fats that can positively impact our health.
Oh, and on a side note-I’ve used this for Addison once I was done breastfeeding to supplement her raw goat’s milk:)
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