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New Book Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats and Great Health

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Medically Reviewed by Dr. James DiNicolantonio Fact Checked

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  • Just over 100 years ago, we began consuming industrial vegetable oils that never existed before. These oils are primarily damaged omega-6 linoleic acid. As a result, our omega-6 intake nearly tripled, while our intake of plant- and marine-based omega-3 fat decreased tenfold
  • Damaged omega-6 fat is integrated into your cell membranes, including the mitochondrial membrane, and once these membranes become dysfunctional, complications follow
  • The fluidity of the cell membrane is extremely important as it houses hormone transporters. When you don’t get enough marine-based omega-3 fats, especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the membranes become very rigid
  • You only need around 1 to 2 grams of omega-6 linoleic acid per day, ideally from plant seeds and tree nuts, whereas optimal levels of marine omega-3 fats are around 3 to 4 grams per day, which can be obtained from small fatty fish such as anchovies, sardines, herring, wild-caught salmon or krill oil
  • Saturating your cells with DHA makes their membranes very fluid, thereby raising your basal metabolic rate by 15 percent, and increasing your fat burning capacity during exercise by 30 percent. Even at rest, your fat burning goes up by 20 percent

I've previously interviewed James DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D., about his book, "The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life," where he exposes why we got it wrong about salt and promotes eating healthy real salt.

"The Salt Fix" is a fascinating book and I encourage you to go pick up a copy and read it. Here, we will focus on our new book, "Superfuel: Ketogenic Keys to Unlock the Secrets of Good Fats, Bad Fats, and Great Health," which covers the importance of dietary fats, and how to discriminate between healthy and harmful fats.

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