Part one of three: Out with the bad fats and in with the
It surprises me how many families are still cooking with
vegetable oil, aka corn, soybean or canola oil. I cringe when I see
this in their kitchens. All of these oils are filled with pro
inflammatory Omega 6 fats, are highly processed and filled with
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). They increase your risk for
heart attacks, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer's, etc., and does not
nourish our brains, which thrives on the good fats, Omega 3. More
on that to come.
The body needs a healthy balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3, but the
problem is we are not getting that healthy balance thanks to
processed, junk and fast foods. Back in the caveman days (no I'm
not preaching paleo) their balance of Omega 6:Omega 3 ratio was 2:1
or 1:1. Our Standard American Diet is more like 20:1. Yikes!
While the push in the 1950s-60s was to eat more "vegetable" oils
and less lard and coconut oil, we have seen a dramatic increase in
heart disease. Now we are seeing the push again to use more coconut
oil. How do you know what oils you should use in your cooking and
baking? You want to use oils that have a high heat content such as
coconut oil, avocado rice bran oil (rice bran oils helps to burn
sugar and reduce absorption of cholesterol) and even sunflower oil
is not a bad choice. They have a heat content of over 450 degrees
and that means its molecular structure will not break down below
this heating point. Why is that good? It means your body will
absorb it in its original form.
But what about olive oil? Olive oil has a heat index of about
300 degrees. This means those who bake, roast or even fry in olive
oil, it will destroy the molecular structure and your body will
process it like trans fat. Not good. (The
FDA has stated they is removing all transfats out of our food
Instead, I encourage moms and dads to use olive oil only for
drizzling and salad dressings to maintain its good heart health
fat. When buying a good olive oil, you want it to be cold-pressed,
extra virgin, it needs to be unadulterated and bought in a dark
glass bottle or stainless steal container. Light will eventually
destroy the structure as well causing the oil to go rancid quickly.
Oh Olive olive oil shop in Chicago some high quality oils.)
Other healthy oils to use for drizzling or dipping are walnut,
almond, macadamia and unfiltered flax oil. Flax oil is great for
those kiddos (and adults) who are constipated. (see my homemade
Miralax Smoothie). We love to drizzle olive oil on our dinners
after it has been cooked.
Why are fats so important for you and your child? Your child's
brain is rapidly growing the first six years of life. In fact 75
percent of it grows the first two years. Our brains are made up of
90 percent of Omega 3 fatty acids and when we feed it a lot of
Omega 6's, it can cause imbalances in the brain and effect the way
eyes develop, cognitive learning, cause emotional highs and lows,
depression, anxiety, headaches, ADHD, anything to do with the brain
physically, mentally and emotionally.
This is why supplementation with krill, cod liver or fish oil is
SO important for our kids. Our grandparents were given a tablespoon
of cod liver oil every day, their parents knew the . of this for
their health and wellbeing. Carlson's, which is local, is a nice
Omega 3 supplement. Liquid form is best and most absorbable. I am
not a fan of chewy vitamins and encourage parents to not start
their young ones on those gummy/chewables.
Other forms of Omega 3 are found in plants called AHA
(Alpha-Linolenic-Acid). Our bodies will convert ALA to EPA and then
to DHA but how much it converts to DHA varies. If our bodies lack
magnesium and zinc, a diet rich in Omega 6 can inhibit this
process. Good sources of ALA are flax oil, avocados and walnuts.
Barlean's makes a tasty Omega Swirl, which has many flavors your
child will definitely like. It is made using proprietary technology
that increases the bioavailability of the Omega 3's in your
My challenge to you is to look at your labels and if any of your
products have any of the bad fats mentioned above (canola, corn,
soybean, vegetable, partially hydrogenated, safflower oils), throw
it out and start clean. If you are worried about getting fat from
eating good fats, don't worry, sugar, processed foods is what
causes that waistline to expand, not good fats. Good fats melt
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