Fats and oils health
The body needs fat to keep warm, as a vehicle for vitamins, to protect the cells and organs and as a regulator for hormones. Fats carry flavor and enrich every meal.
Saturated (predominantly of animal origin)
Monounsaturated (predominantly of plant origin)
Polyunsaturated (predominantly omega-3 and omega-6)
The human body is not able to generate essential fatty acids. For this reason it is vital to intake them with our food.
Foods that contain fatty acids
Walnuts, almonds, flax seeds, bluefish (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, tuna), sesame and sunflower or pumpkin seeds, avocados and extra virgin oils, such as linseed oil. These products should be regularly included in the meal.
A good quality oil should be extra virgin and of first, cold pressing. It should be kept in a dark bottle to protect it from light and oxygen. Very delicate oils such as linseed oil are best stored in the fridge. In order to avoid them from going rancid, it is recommended that you alternate their purchase, for example, flax oil and wheat germ oil.