OMEGA 3 & 6
Your body cannot make these special fats so you need to eat foods containing Omega 3 and 6 everyday. The Omega 3 fat help protect the body from heart disease and my play a role in helping to prevent other diseases such as Alzheimer's and some types of cancer. Along with oil-rich-fish RAPESEED OIL is one of the few foods to provide omega 3 fat.
OMEGA 3 and heart disease
Omega 3 fats are strongly associated with protection against heart disease especially in people with risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood cholesterol or raised triglyceride levels, and people already diagnosed with heart disease.
OMEGA 3 and arthritis
For years people have taken fish oils to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers find some relieve when they include more omega 3 fats in their diet or take them as supplements. Other research suggests that including omega 3 fats in your diet may help to prevent osteoarthritis (where cartilage in the joints has worn down) by protecting the cartilage, but more research is needed.
Omega 6 fats
Omega 6 fats can help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke.
Trans fats are mainly found in processed foods such as cakes, biscuits, pastries and deep-fried foods. If a food’s list of ingredients contains the words ‘hydrogenated oils’ or ‘hydrogenated fat’, it is likely to contain trans fats.
Saturated fats are found in foods like butter, hard margarine, lard, cream, cheese, fatty meat, cakes, biscuits and chocolates. Vegetable oils such as coconut oil and palm oil are also high in saturated fat. Check the food labels on processed and ready-made meals for the amount of saturated fats.
What effect do they have?
Saturated fats can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your chances of heart disease or having a stroke. Good and bad fats
We now know that some fats and oils are better for us than others:
Bad - saturated fats raise cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease and stroke
Good - unsaturated fats can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels as part of a healthy balanced diet, beneficial for heart health.
Is olive oil better for you than rapeseed oil?
Both oils are good choices as they are high in unsaturated fatty acids. However, rapeseed oil is a healthier option as it only contains 50% less saturated fat than olive oil and the least amount of saturated fat of most other common cooking oils.