Finally, the truth comes out.  It isn’t  good saturated fat and cholesterol that are the real causes of heart disease after all.  Studies have now consistently shown that refined carbs, sugar, and trans fats found in processed foods are the real culprits.  For many years, Americans were told to stop eating foods like butter, yet heart disease skyrocketed in direct correlation with the increase of our consumption of trans fats.  As most of us are aware, there are thousands of convenience food items (or “food artifacts” as we like to refer to them) on the grocery shelves today that contain these disease-promoting fats.

What are some examples of healthy fats?

Avocados, butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, organic pastured egg yolks, raw nuts and seeds, coconuts and coconut oil, unheated organic nut oils, and grass-fed meats.  In particular, raw butter from grass-fed cows is loaded with vitamins, trace minerals, CLA and beneficial fats.

And, of course, when talking about healthy fats, let’s not forget the importance of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower inflammation in the body that can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.  In addition, omega-3’s may decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, decrease stroke and heart failure risk, reduce irregular heartbeats, and improve brain function.

What foods or supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids?

Wild-caught fish (salmon, halibut, tuna) and seafood, walnuts and flax seeds, beans, winter squash, and extra virgin olive oil.  Of course, taking fish, krill or flax oil as a daily supplement is a good idea in addition to including these foods regularly in your diet.