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Childhood obesity and cholesterol levels have been on the rise over the last 10 years. Now is a better time than ever for parents to make a healthier choice for their children and themselves. One way to eat healthier is to cook at home and stay away from fast food restaurants. But even eating at home does not guarantee that you are eating healthy. One way to make sure you are eating healthier at home is to cook with healthier oils. Most households use either vegetable oil or corn oil, but research has shown that both of these oils lead to higher levels of total blood cholesterol and increased LDL:HDL ratios. Both of these are indicators for obesity and heart disease. Whether you are baking, cooking, marinating, flavoring or garnishing, you are probably using oils that could potentially be unhealthy and forcing your cholesterol levels to go up. Here are a few healthier oil choices when preparing food.

Roseville Family Chiropractor Olive Oil

Olive Oil

Known as the healthy cooking oil. Compared to vegetable oil, olive oil should be considered a vast improvement. Olive oil is one of few cooking oils that contain about 75% of its fat as oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid, monounsaturated). This oil is one of the best choices for salad dressing and sauté options, but not the best option for frying or baking due to its inability to handle higher temperatures. Remember, olive oil has a tendency to degrade in a very short time especially if it is stored in a warm place like the kitchen. If it smells like old peanuts or putty, then discard.

Coconut OilRoseville Family Chiropractor Coconut Oil

This oil is comparable to olive oil as being “healthy oil”. It was once considered to be fatty and unhealthy, but research has shown that it’s quite the opposite. Coconut oil has a high fat content, but they are medium-chain fatty acids which are easier to digest and preferably used by the liver for energy. Other benefits of this oil are high amounts of antioxidants compared to many other cooking oils and it has an impressive shelf life, especially when compared to olive oil.

Avocado & Grapeseed Oils

Avocado oil is more than 50% monounsaturated and a heart healthy choice, particularly good in salad dressings and when sautéing. It also has been suggested as a great option for frying because it is able to tolerate higher temperatures. Grapeseed oil is another healthy alternative for salads, served with raw veggies, and in dips, sauces and salsas.

Roseville Family Chiropractor Grapeseed Oil

Parents Make Healthy Choices for the Whole Family

When parents consider the number of cooking and dressing oil options that are beneficial to their family’s health, there are plenty of reasons to avoid those that aren’t. Vegetable Oil is not going to match up to the oils stated above when it comes to measurable beneficial nutrients. Do yourself and your family a favor and start eating healthier so that Diabetes, Heart Disease and Obesity can only be found in history books.

Roseville Family Chiropractor Fish oilMany people know they need to be taking supplements to make up for what they do not get in their everyday diet. Those same people choose not take supplements and miss out on obtaining their daily dietary needs because they do not know which supplements they need to be taking, how much they need to take each day, etc. Many of us recognize that a multivitamin is necessary to fill in the gaps of our not-so-perfect diets. Dr. Chris believes that a daily vitamin is crucial for maintaining a healthy diet, but he wants you to put omega-3s at the top of your list.

Roseville Family Chiropractor womenWhy should Omega-3s be at the top of your list?

Americans do not consume enough Omega-3s, period, and this could contribute to some chronic health challenges that many of us face today. The importance of getting Omega-3 oils in your daily diet begins at conception and continues throughout your entire lifetime. DHA and EPA are Omega-3 essential fatty acids that cannot be made by our body and must be obtained from our diet. DHA and EPA are “GOOD” fats meaning they’re associated with good health and have a variety of beneficial roles in the body.  

We eat far greater amounts of pro-inflammatory Omega-6 fatty acids than we do Omega-3s. Maintaining a balance between these essential fatty acids seem to help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. They also help to strengthen cellular membranes and increase cellular permeability.   They play an important role in the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that help modulate the body’s natural inflammatory response which helps reduce stiffness and support healthy joint function.

Roseville Family Chiropractor Omega 3 chartOmega-3s also support:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Triglyceride management
  • Emotional balance
  • Antioxidant availability
  • Normal Immune response
  • Healthy normal blood coagulation
  • Normal blood pressure already w/in normal range
  • Mother and baby during pregnancy and lactation
  • Skin, nail, and hair health
  • Cognition

A misconception by many Americans is that you can get the majority Omega-3s from flax or flaxseed oil found in seeds, nuts, beans, and green leafy vegetable. Your body is capable of converting the Omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) found in flaxseed into the EPA and DHA that your body needs, but in this process only a fraction of the ALA is turned into EPA and/or DHA. The latest studies show that only 0.5% of the ALA from flax is converted to EPA and DHA. This is a very small amount and is not enough to give your body what it needs.

Roseville Family Chiropractor SP omega-3Dr. Chris offers one of the highest quality of Tuna Omega-3 oil in the office. Every batch of Standard Process Tuna Omega-3 oil is consistently tested for contaminants by microbiologists and chemists as well as a third party to ensure compliant levels of contaminants. You will also never experience those dreaded fish burps that other Omega-3s have. Dr. Chris offers the freshest Omega-3 oil that won’t have the long shelf life that local stores have which is one of the reasons for fish burps.

Taking an Omega-3 supplement every day is a safe and convenient way to ensure that you’re consistently getting the DHA and EPA that you need to maintain optimal health.

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