When it comes choosing to healthy oils, there are two important things to consider; the type of fat (pro-inflammatory vs. anti-inflammatory) and it's heating capacity. Its very important to understand that anytime you heat an oil, you risk overheating it past its smoke point, which can cause oxidation and lead to the formation of carcinogens and other unhealthy compounds that are toxic to consume.
Additionally, the type of oil or fat you use is enormously important. Much of our food supply, especially processed and restaurant foods use harmful polyunsaturated oils that have a high ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids like corn, soy, and sunflower oils. These oils have a 54:1 to 71:1 ratio and current research clearly shows that it is this skewed ratio that may be one of the biggest contributing factors to the rising number of autoimmune diseases like morbid obesity, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and more. Check out our blog, Omega-6 & Omega-3 Fats for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet to learn more and see our recommendations on the healthiest and most harmful choices in this category.
Now that we've covered the two most important criteria for choosing a healthy oil, the rest of this week's What's That?! Wednesday post will walk you through my recommendations for the healthiest oil choices that can help to reduce inflammation and prevent disease. Plus several recipes to help you incorporate these oils into your diet...
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Thanks for tuning into this week's post...next week, we will continue the Anti-Inflammatory Diet theme. I will be sharing the Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs & Spices as well as several new recipes so you can get these medicinal foods into your diet with ease!
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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