The Fat Myth!

Omega-3 Fatty Acid


The kind of fat that our body needs is mainly essential fatty acids as they are important for brain health, immune function, blood clotting and other bodily functions. There are two types of essential fatty acids – omega-6 and omega-3 and they have to be consumed in certain ratio.


The precise ratio is yet to be determined by research but it suggests that the optimal ratio is possibly  2:1 or 3:1.

The typical western diet of high processed foods and animal based foods that most of us consume tend to  be significantly higher in omega-6 up to the level of 20:1 or 40:1.  Which is why omega 3 is bring the ratio back into line.


When you eat mettaood, you are closer to the optimal ratio.

It is a common belief that fish is a good source of omega-3 but the truth is, it is not necessarily so as most fish these days are farmed, and with little access to algae where they get their omega-3.


Fish do not make omega-3, they get it from eating algae or from eating other smaller fish that have eaten algae. There is also no evidence proving that eating fish can protect the heart and at the same time, fish contains saturated fat which we want to avoid.


Instead, consider excellent plant-based sources of omega-3 such as flaxseed (linseed) meal, chia seeds, walnuts and leafy greens.

Dr Michael Greger talks about whether fish oil is just snake oil.

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Why no oil?


It is calorie dense for a start,


  • 1 gm carbs is 4 calories,

  • 1gm protein 4 calories but

  • 1 gm of fat is 9 calories.


So 1 tablespoon of oil can have up to 120 calories.


 Imagine, if you have roughly 500-600 calories per meal to make up 1800-2000 calories that you need to function for the day.


From that 500 calories of lunch for example, you already need to sacrifice 120 calories for the oil in your salad, if you only have 1 tablespoon. Doesn’t leave much for the rest of your meal before you blow off your calorie allowance for that meal.


You get what I mean?


Also, processed oil, cold pressed, virgin cold pressed, whatever you may call it, is still refined and lower in nutrients.


You are basically eating fat.


When you extract the oil from the olives, or coconut or almond etc, you are virtually leaving behind all that good fibre and the other nutrients in it. If you like olive oil, eat the whole olive!


More importantly, the fat/oil is linked to health problems i.e. heart disease, diabetes, obesity etc.

Dr John McDougall said “the fat you eat is the fat you wear”. Its true!

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Dr Greger - The oily truth!

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Dr Thomas Campbell explains why no oil

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Dr Caldwell Esselstyn - No Oil!

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Dr Pam Popper - Dietary Fat & Cancer

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