The Facts On Healthy Fats
By Michelle Newport
Published 11/5/2006 | Nutrition
With all the conflicting information out there today about what is
healthy and what is not, I always turn to the Bible and search for the
answers I'm seeking in God's Word.
There are so many products
available on the market today that boast being heart healthy which is
low in fat. It is important to know that the Bible teaches there are
healthy fats as well as unhealthy ones.
We can find 5 different kinds of fats mentioned in the Scripture, which are:
In the book of Genesis when the Lord appeared to Abraham in Mamre to
tell Abraham and Sarah they would have a son, Abraham prepared a meal,
which included butter.
And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it
before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
Genesis 18:8 (KJV) Butter which was made from cattle, goats or sheep
was eaten freely. Of course due to farming practices today is it wise
to choose butter that is organic to avoid antibiotics and hormones.
- Fish Oils. Considering
that our Lord Jesus gave fish to His disciples (John 21:13) we can be
sure that the fat from the fish oils which occurs naturally in fish is
- Olive Oil. II
Kings 18:32 (KJV) says, Until I come and take you away to a land like
your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards,
a land of oil olive and of honey, that ye may live, and not die: and
hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD
will deliver us. Fats that occur naturally in plant food, such as
olives are always in the liquid state and can be eaten of freely.
Poultry is considered a lean and clean meat (Leviticus 11:13-23) and
contains fat that occurs naturally and is also permitted. Again due to
farming practices it is best to choose poultry meat that is from
organic, free-range animals.
- Red Meat.
In Leviticus 7:23 God spoke to Moses saying, Speak unto the children
of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no matter of the fat, of ox, or of
sheep, or of goat. Fat from domesticated red-meat animals such as cows
Essential Fatty Acids
fatty acids (EFAs) are good fats that fall into two groups: Omega-3 and
Omega-6 and are vital to proper hormone function and tissue development
as well as good health. EFAs are also vital for cell membranes and are
used to produce and store energy and are beneficial to the Nervous,
Circulatory, Glandular and Immune systems.
An important fact to
know about EFAs is they are not naturally produced within the body and
must be obtained through foods that contain EFAs or through
supplementation. Good sources of EFAs can be found in Omega-3 Fish Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil and Black Currant Oil.
to the typical American diet, EFA deficiency is a common problem and is
linked to serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer,
depression, diabetes, stroke, ADHD, and Alzheimer's to name a few. By
supplementing your diet with a high quality Essential Fatty Acids
supplement, you gain the healthy benefits.
According to Dr.
Michael Jacobson in The Word on Health, Moody Press, p. 130, a number
of studies have been shown that fish oils, which are related to omega-3
oils, have multiple beneficial effects, including:
prevention of heart dysrhythmias, especially ventricular fibrillation
(the cause of death in approximately one-third of those who die from
- opposition of clotting, reducing the risk of heart attack
- slowing down the growth of plaque in the arteries
- promotion of the manufacture of natural nitroglycerin to keep the heart vessels open
- lowering of plasma triglyceride fat levels
- slowing down the production of bad cholesterol
- lowering blood pressure
- protection against colon cancer
How can you be sure you are getting enough healthy fats in your diet?
- When choosing between butter or margarine choose butter. Margarine contains trans fatty acids which are very detrimental to good health.
- Adding raw seeds and nuts to your diet, which are a good source of essential fatty acids.
- Make fish a regular part of your diet.
- Choose lean meats like chicken and turkey. Be sure the meat you purchase is free of hormones and antibiotics.
Prepare foods using a healthy fat such as olive oil. It is important to
note there is some disagreement on whether olive oil retains its
healthy benefits once cooked at high temperatures.
- Eat red meat, that is clean and lean, in moderation. It is typically recommended to only eat red meat once a week.
- Take a high quality EFA supplement daily.