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Is your brain really about 60 percent fat?

Yes. The fats you eat strongly influence your level of brain function. Some nutritional anthropologists believe the human brain would not have developed as it did without access to high levels of DHA (a type of fat) found in fish and wild game.

I use good fats often with patients in the form of food and fish oils. It can make a profound effect on dampening hunger, balancing hormones, de fogging the brain, increasing cognitive function.

It is the type of fat that matters, not the amount.

Learning about fats can be confusing. When you go to the grocery store, you’re confronted with advertisements telling you that a product is low in fat, or a product is made with partially hydrogenated oil.

To make sense of all the labels, I’ve compiled the following list of definitions for you:

Monounsaturated fats:

The best oil here is olive oil. Canola oil is also in this category, but canola may be genetically modified so use olive oil, flaxseed, walnut, avocado oil instead. During the cleanse these are the only types of oils to use.

Saturated fats:

Saturated fats are found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, cream and fatty meats. They are also found in some tropical plants and vegetable oils such as coconut, palm and palm kernel. Saturated fats are not as dangerous as you think. In fact, coconut oil is quite healthy and is the oil to use for cooking since it is far less likely to be damaged through heating.

Some people believe to this day that saturated fat will increase your risk of heart attacks. New scientific research says this is another myth that has been harming your health for the last 30 or 40 years. The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet, and they provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone like substances.

When you eat saturated fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Dietary fats are also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes. Having said this I still think the majority of your fat should come from monounsaturated fats.

Trans fats:

These fats form when vegetable oil hardens, a process called hydrogenation, and can raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, and lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which of course is the complete opposite of what you need in order to maintain good heart health.

In fact, trans fats — as opposed to saturated fats — have been linked repeatedly to heart disease. These fatty acids can also cause major clogging of your arteries, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

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