What is the Difference between Good Fatty Acids and Trans Fatty Acids
Researchers are finding that good fatty acids act like helping hands, regulating all sorts of inter-cellular
processes by bringing nutrients in and getting excrements out more efficiently. In recent years, they've also been
linked to cancer and heart disease prevention! Foods like nuts, oils and salmon are recommended additions to every
daily diet - in moderation, of course.
There are several types of good fatty acids - unsaturated, monosaturated, polyunsaturated and the Omega-3,6 and
9 fatty acids. While saturated fat can increase cholesterol, researchers are finding that unsaturated fat carries
cholesterol to the liver and out of the body. These essential strong acids support the healthy functioning of
immune, nervous, reproductive and cardiovascular systems.
When you think of unsaturated fatty acids, think liquid. Olive oil, canola oil and safflower oil are some you
may want to use when cooking.
Monosaturated fatty acids (palmitoleic acid and oleic acid) found in nuts, avocados, olive oil, grapeseed oil,
oatmeal, popcorn, whole grain wheat and cereal, play a major role in assisting HDL to transport LDL. These fatty
acids thereby lower the risk of coronary heart disease and arteriosclerosis, while aiding in cancer prevention.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids include soy, vegetable oil, sunflower, soybeans, mayonnaise and margarine. However,
small amounts should be used, as high amounts have been linked to oxidization and free radical production, leading
Deficiencies of good fatty acids can be very troublesome. If you get sick a lot, have a hard time remembering
things, suffer from hypertension or irregular heartbeats, menopausal discomfort, itchy legs or tingling nerves, you
may have an Omega-3 (linolenic acid) deficiency.
Seen as heart-healthy and brain-healthy, much has been reported recently regarding "Omega-3" fatty acids found
in salmon, mackerel, enriched eggs, flaxseed and walnuts. One tablespoon of uncooked flaxseed oil can give you the
minimum Omega-3 / linolenic acid requirement needed throughout the day. The Iowa Women's Healthy Study found that
eating nuts more than four times a week effectively reduced the risk of heart disease. In addition, a 2004 study
from ten European countries found that modest intake of about 16gm of nuts and seeds had a reduced incidence of
colon cancer in women.
Omega-3 fatty acids are said to form cell walls and facilitate inter-cellular processes. They've also been
linked to the prevention of colon Cancer, reducing the risk of type I diabetes and having anti-inflammatory
effects. In one study, men on high fish diets with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids had an 80% decreased risk of
sudden cardiac death.
In a ground-breaking study, Jill Norris PHD of the UCDHSC School of Medicine found: "Our study suggests that
higher consumption of total omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a lower risk of diabetes autoimmunity in
children at an increased genetic risk of type 1 diabetes."
By now it's widely known that trans fatty acids - used to increase the shelf life of cookies, crackers, fried
food, pastries, margarines and other snack food -- are bad for you and in fact increased LDL in the body. Trans
fatty acids are considered so dangerous now that the Pan American Health Organization has created a "Trans Fat Free
Americas Task Force" to phase out the use of trans fats in the commercial food industry. Kraft, Mcdonalds, Burger
King, Kellogg, Nestle and Pepsi are some of the companies interested in eliminating trans fats from their
acids link to everything from preventing cancer to treating ADHD. Adding a little fish, oil or nuts to your
diet can be just what your body craves to regulate itself. As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure."