This post was originally published on March 27, 2015 and updated on December 2 2020.

Eat this. Don’t eat that. It can be hard to know what to put on your plate. Recent research has shown that there’s no correlation between heart disease and saturated fat. Fat should now be an integral part of your healthy diet. But not just any fat. You need to choose wisely. Balancing the fatty acids you consume may help you reduce dangerous inflammation, support your heart and boost your overall health.

Inflammation can lead to cardiovascular disease, as well as other health problems. The foods we were taught are good for us – breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes – are the very ones that are killing us. Our bodies convert these foods to sugar almost instantly. Sugar raises insulin, which causes inflammation. Fats are now okay, but eating the wrong fats may lead to inflammation.

Balancing fatty acids consumption may guard against inflammation

Omega-6s and omega-3s are both essential fatty acids, but they play two opposing roles in the body:
• Omega 6s are the building blocks of inflammatory chemicals in our bodies.
Omega 3s are good anti-inflammatory fats which have other health benefits, too.

We are consuming 6-25 times more omega-6s than anti-inflammatory omega-3s. How did this happen? When we reduced our intake of saturated fat, we replaced it with vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola, etc.). These oils contain such high levels of omega 6s that it caused our omega 6/ omega 3 ratio to become wildly out of balance.

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Malaysian sustainable palm oil contains less inflammatory omega 6s than most other oils, and much less than commonly used seed oils (canola, soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower, etc.).
Malaysian sustainable palm oil can help right the balance. Malaysian sustainable palm oil has a balanced fatty acid profile plus natural antioxidants, such as vitamin E tocotrienols. It won’t cause inflammation. And, it also won’t break down into toxic substances when you cook with it any temperature under its smoke point.

The world’s focus on saturated fat and cholesterol has been incredibly destructive because we haven’t looked at these real promoters of heart disease: inflammation, oxidative damage, sugar in the diet and – number one with a bullet – stress. Give yourself the edge by balancing the fatty acids you consume.

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