When we talk about fats, it is hard for many not to associate them with a risk to human health.
And the truth is that although fats have been considered bad for health for many years, in spite of the changes that have taken place in people’s consumption habits regarding fats, the truth is that the incidence rates of diseases such as diabetes and obesity are still on the rise, which indicates that these diseases are not necessarily directly proportional to the consumption of fats.
The real evidence there is about unhealthy fats is that related to trans or hydrogenated fats, which do represent a health risk when they are consumed in excess. However, there is another group of fats that are not harmful, and are actually beneficial to health.
According to Carlos Jaramillo, a surgeon specializing in functional medicine, fats play a fundamental role in our brain, as more than 60% of it is made up of fat. He explains that the consumption of fatty acids favors the good performance of the human nervous and visual systems, as well as good memory. It also helps prevent self-degenerative diseases.
The specialist highlights the following among their main benefits:
They modulate the defense system.
They improve brain health.
They benefit cardiovascular health by making the arteries more elastic.
They provide flexibility to the cell membranes, which prevents cell rigidity, such as the one that occurs with arthrosis.
Types of healthy fats:
Basically, there are two groups of fats that are healthy for the organism: the ones that are found in foods per se, and the ones found in products.
Foods rich in this kind of fats are: avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, fish, nuts, and seeds, among others.
On the other hand, among products, we find medium-chain triglycerides.