"The body can synthesize most of the fats it needs from the diet. However, two essential fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic acid, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from food. These basic fats, found in plant foods, are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.1 Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body.
Deficiencies in these fatty acids lead to a host of symptoms and disorders..."
A Green Monster’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Healthy Fats
"Healthy fats are important for nervous system function, metabolism, digestion, heart health, and brain health. All of these reasons prove we needn’t fear fat, but we do need to know which sources are best. Plant-based sources of fats aren’t just a source of calories; they’re a raw source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that do everything from protect your brain, to improve you thyroid, and as you’ll see, they prevent you from disease. Choosing whole food sources of fats can ensure that you’re choosing the right source of fats and avoiding the wrong ones."
Not All Fats are Created Equal: 4 Tips for Choosing Dietary Fats
"Dietary fat is essential for good health. It is one of the three main groups—along with carbohydrates and protein—of energy-yielding nutrients. Fat in the diet helps promote satiety (a feeling of fullness) at mealtime while boosting the absorption of important nutrients like fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and cancer-fighting phytochemicals like carotenoids. But not all dietary fats are created equal. Although certain types of fats fight inflammation and lower your risk of chronic disease, others do just the opposite. Use the following four tips to help you boost your intake of healthful fats—and ditch the down-right harmful ones."
Don’t Fear the Fat! Here’s the Right way to Work Healthy Fats Into a Plant Based Diet
"Gone are the days of the low-fat diet! You read every day about the importance of healthy fats in your diet. But how exactly should you go about making sure you’re getting enough fat on a day to day basis?"
10 Plant-Based Foods that Promote Healthier Cholesterol Levels
"Cholesterol is an important part of heart health to be aware of with each meal and snack you choose... Most all plant-based foods provide a major boost for your cholesterol, but some have specific benefits not to miss out on."
Women on Vegan Diets Have More Long-Chain Omega-3s, Compared with Fish-Eaters
"Women following vegan diets have significantly more omega-3 “good fats” in their blood, compared with fish-eaters, meat-eaters, and ovo-lacto vegetarians, according to a new report from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Study."
"Few foods have been at once as maligned and acclaimed as coconut oil. Because it’s the most concentrated source of saturated fat in the food supply—even higher than lard or butter—some view it as a notorious health villain. Not surprisingly, it rests atop the “avoid” column of mainstream healthy-heart-food lists.
Others view coconut oil as a fountain of youth and the greatest health discovery in decades. These advocates claim that coconut oil can provide therapeutic benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes, digestive disturbances, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV, kidney disease, osteoporosis, overweight, Parkinson’s disease, and many other serious conditions. So what’s the truth?"
"We have known for decades that fatty foods are anything but good for you, but recent media reports glorifying saturated have caused confusion. Do not be fooled. There is nothing healthful about butter, bacon, cheese, or steak. Saturated fat poses numerous severe health risks of which everyone should be aware."