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Dietary Fats — The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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  • Omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are unstable and easily damaged during processing and refining, so that in the bottle they contain toxic breakdown products; when these oils are heated they degrade further, generating additional toxins
  • Eating refined, high-PUFA vegetable oils is also harmful because the refining removes most of the antioxidants, so that the nondegraded omega-3 and omega-6 are more prone to breaking down in your body
  • When the PUFAs degrade inside your body, they form dangerous high-energy molecules called free radicals that damage everything they contact, including your enzymes, cell membranes and even DNA

By Dr. Mercola

Fats are an essential part of your diet. However, not all fats are created equal. So, how do you know you're eating healthy, high-quality fat? In this interview, Dr. Cate Shanahan answers this important question.


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