|Posted by food hugs on April 22, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
The fat family has a bad reputation.
They all seem a bit wayward, not good to be around and bad for our neighbourhood.
This reputation is all down to the rumoured shenanigans of one family member, saturated fat, and his definitely dodgey distant cousin, trans-fat.
However, this belies the fact that other members of the fat family are actually very nice and can provide all sorts of benefits to us, if we just got to know them a bit better!
Indeed, there are 2 types of fat in particular that are absolutely essential for us to get to know, as they help to keep our heart and blood healthy, are essential for hormones and cell membranes, vital to brain development for children, metabolism boosting and anti-inflammatory to boot. Sure, why wouldn't we become acquainted!
The fats in question are omega 3 and omega 6.
Essential, in this context, not only means vital for health, but also means that we can only get these fats from our diet. Have a look at some of the sources below: