Vegetable oils are found in a variety of foods that are available today. Most processed foods will have some vegetable oils in them. This is a huge difference from 100 years ago when vegetable oils were just being discovered.
Since the 50’s and 60’s it vegetable oils have been touted by most nutrition advocates as a safe and effective alternative to butters and other, more fatty, oils and cooking substances.
Our knowledge of nutrition and how nutrients affect our bodies has greatly advanced since the 50’s and 60’s. Unfortunately, most nutritional recommendations have not changed since then.
Vegetable oils can alter the balance of fatty acids in your body which can exacerbate many healthy issues. Vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and safflower, contain high amounts of polyunsaturated fats called omega-6 fatty acids. Most western diets are high in omega-6- fatty acids and low in omega-3-fatty acids. The ratio in a healthy person should be 4:1 or 2:1 for omega-6’s to omega-3-fatty acids. Most people who adhere to a western diet will have unhealthy ratios of 10:1 or even 16:1.
Too many omega-6-fatty acids and not enough omega-3-fatty acids present in the body will promote inflammation. This will not create an issue, but it will certainly flair one up.
Many people suffer from chronic, low grade inflammation. Most injuries and pain involve some type of inflammation. If you add inflammation to an injury that is already inflamed, it will make it worse. Inflammation will irritate a mild issue and cause it to progress into a major problem. Increasing inflammation in your body is like throwing fuel on a fire. It won’t create a problem, but it will make it worse. The more vegetable oils you eat, the more inflammation you will be adding to your body.
Vegetable oils are full of trans-fatty acids. Trans- fatty acids or trans fats, are highly toxic to the body. They are full of free radicals which increases inflammation throughout the body. Trans fats have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
The more trans fats and omega-6-fatty acids that are present in the body, the more inflammation you will have in your body. The more inflammation throughout your body, the more pain you will be in. You will also be more susceptible to being obese, aches and pains will be more painful, and health issues will be worse. You will have less energy. You will have less concentration. Inflammation affects almost every aspect of your body.
Eating healthy will allow your body to function at a higher level. Eliminating processed foods like trans-fatty-acids will allow you to have more energy, be more alert, have less aches and pains, be thinner, and age more gracefully. Exercise is by far the best way to lose weight and look better. But eating right will greatly help out as well. Eating right and exercising work together to give you the best chance to feel good, look good, be active, and age gracefully.
Eating right and exercising intelligently, is the Pain Free Way.