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This Fat Is Actually Worse Than Trans Fats

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  • Eating too much damaged omega-6 fat and too little animal-based omega-3 sets the stage for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's and more
  • Research shows replacing saturated fat with omega-6 oils raises your risk of death if you have heart disease
  • Omega-6 fat in and of itself is not the problem. Linoleic acid is also found in foods such as nuts, seeds and eggs, and is important for health. The problem is that we now eat far too much of it, and in oxidized form
  • Omega-6 linoleic acid reduces omega-3 in your body by competing with the omega-3 ALA for metabolism to the longer chained PUFAs, EPA and DHA
  • Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is initiated by the oxidation of the linoleic acid inside the LDL particles, and oxidized LDL is associated with the development of atherosclerosis

By Dr. Mercola

Dietary fats can be tricky business, as they're not all the same. While some are necessary for optimal health, others need to be balanced and some need to be avoided altogether, and understanding which is which is quite crucial, considering how important fats are for optimal health.


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