What are Omega-9 fats?

There is some confusion in many peoples minds about what the different “Omega’s” are, so lets try and shed a little light on the subject.

Omega-9 family
These are not Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), because our bodies can make Omega-9 from other fats if there is not enough in our food.
They are still very healthy fats and one of the key components of the “Mediterranean diet”.
A number of studies have shown that, compared to a typical Western diet, a Mediterranean style diet can have substantial benefits for total mortality, heart health, syndrome X and diabetes, mental health and breast cancer in older woman,.
The most well known source of Omega-9 is olive oil (73%) but other readily available sources include avocado oil (71%), canola oil (63%), peanut oil (46%) and rice-bran oil (39%).
Omega-9 oils only contain one “double bond” (I will explain later), so they are relatively stable at higher temperatures and are some of the better oils to use in cooking – lovely when combined with a little butter.

I will be covering Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats next.

Tip of the day – My favourite flax seed oil food combination is a pumkin soup with a hint of curry and served with a good dollop of sour cream and a tablespoon of Waihi Bush Organic Farm flax seed oil – Yummmm.

David Musgrave

Check out the best oils at http://functionalwholefoods.co.nz/


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