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Good Fat Foods, Foods Rich in Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats

November 10th, 2009

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (also known as “essential fatty acids” or EFAs) are the most familiar forms of polyunsaturated fats. EFAs are essential to proper brain function, healthy hormonal levels and smooth nerve activity in the body. Polyunsaturated fats promote cardiovascular health by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in the blood, but also lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

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Healthy eating to boost your health + heart

October 21st, 2009

The facts about fats:
You’ve probably heard that it’s best to avoid foods that are high in fat. But when you eat the right amount of certain fats, they may contribute to a healthy diet and lower your risk of disease. The key is to substitute “good” fats for “bad” fats.

The good fats:
Studies have shown that these fats, if used in place of saturated fat, can help you lower your total cholesterol level. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial — studies have shown that they can also decrease your risk of heart disease and lower your blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids are usually found in seafood, such as salmon, herring and mackerel. They can also be found in flaxseeds or flaxseed oil, as well as walnuts.

http://www.mylocalhealth.com/diet_plan/healthy_eating_to_boost_your_health_heart_445

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