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Oils and fats: the ugly, bad and good

This video is meant to expand your general knowledge about living a healthy life and is NOT a substitute for seeking medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before making changes in your health practices, diet and self-care.

In this video, Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor by training who specialises in healthy ketosis and Intermittent Fasting, goes over the fats that promote the wellbeing of the body, and those that can cause us harm – many of which, unfortunately, are found in popular foodstuffs.

Fats that he recommends people to steer clear of, can be found in:

  • Soy oil
  • Corn oil
  • Canola oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Margarine

Such oils are GMO and inflammatory and may also contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate, he warns. They are present in fast foods and many grocery-purchased items like mayonnaise, salad dressing and hummus, so it’s important to read the label of anything you purchase. As for margarine, it contains deadly trans fats. These fats also come loaded with omega 6 fatty acids, which can raise blood pressure. 

Then there are oils that are acceptable for some people to consume infrequently and in small amounts, as long as they’re cold-pressed and organic, such as:

  • Safflower oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Flax oil
  • Sesame seed oil (and tahini)
  • Nut oils

However, cautions Dr. Berg, it’s important to keep in mind that flax oil is estrogenic and should be avoided by males.

Finally, Dr. Berg goes over sources of good fats, which can be found in:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Lard (wild boar)
  • Tallow (grass-fed bison, beef, or lamb)
  • Butter (grass-fed, organic, and raw if possible)
  • Ghee
  • Olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Coconut oil

View the original video here.

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