Our brain consists of 60% of fat with the biggest part of Omega-3 in it (docosahexaenoic acid or DHA). The scientists have proven that sufficient amount of DHA in our bodies make us happy, improves the mood, the memory and learning ability. Polyunsaturated fats are good for brain and can prevent the risk of the appearance of cancer cells.
The nutritionists believe that you should not consume a lot of Omega-6 fat acids (especially sunflower seeds, corn and peanut oil) because the consumption of the mentioned oils in excessive amounts can result in inflammations in the body.
The sources of good fats are:
- nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecan, macadamia). Exclusion: peanuts. seeds (sunflower, sesame, chia, hemp).
- cold pressed olive oil
- cold pressed coconut oil.
There is a group of fats with bad characteristics – artificially synthesized fats which are also known as trans fats. This term appeared relatively recently when the company Procter and Gamble launched the production of a margarine made by hydrogenation of cottonseed oil.
Most of the fast food including fries, doughnuts, mayo and ketchup is produced with the usage of hydrogenated oils. Trans fats slow down the nourishment on a cell level which leads to the accumulations of the toxins and negatively affects the whole body.