EFAs : Why You Need Them and How To Get Them
It used to be that you never heard the terms “well-balanced diet” and “fats” together in a sentence, unless that sentence was: “To maintain a well-balanced diet, avoid fats!”

Nowadays though, people are well aware of the beneficial role certain fats can play in a well-balanced diet and in maintaining one's general health and wellness. In fact, certain diets encourage a higher fat intake, as well as a higher protein and fiber intake. But not all fats are created equal - you need to pay special attention to the kind of fats you're including in your diet.

Fats supply your body with EFAs, or essential fatty acids. As implied in the name, EFAs are essential to the human body. They help the body to manufacture and repair cells and to regulate body functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting. EFAs also help promote healthier cholesterol levels and even help the body reduce fat storage! These essential fatty acids cannot be manufactured by the human body by itself-you can only get them through your diet.

There are two essential fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid). Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can be found in many different delicious foods and ingredients that can easily be added to your diet. Sources of omega-3 include: flaxseeds, salmon, walnuts, olive oil, and sardines. Sources of omega-6 include: soy, sunflower seed oil, avocados, and walnuts

There is currently no Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for essential fatty acids. However, one's daily ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 should be between 1:1 and 4:1. As always, it is best to consult your doctor when making changes to your diet.

For a source of EFAs, check out our Nutty Pesto recipe.

Another great source of EFAs is, of course, Doctor's CarbRite Diet E.F.A. Complex. Doctor's CarbRite Diet E.F.A. Complex contains only fresh, cold-pressed flax seed oil - a clear, amber-colored liquid with a slightly nutty taste that's rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

While you're busy working those EFAs into your low carb diet, remember, there are fats that should be avoided. Trans fats, which generally come from processed foods, are harmful to the body. They are known to raise levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and are linked to an increased risk in coronary heart disease. Get more information on trans fats here.
 

 

 

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