Heart Health

For the last three decades 'fats' have been given a bad name, particularly in relation to heart health with many choosing to avoid as much fat as possible in their diet.  However, not all fats are the same.

Not all fats are the same

It should be noted that to survive, the body needs fat - every cell in the body needs fat. The brain needs fat, the eyes need fat, the skin needs fat - so avoiding all fats cannot be good practice.

At least 16% of calories need to come from fat and Inuit's have a diet where 60% of their calories come from fat.  What we need to look at in our diets is the balance of fats and the quantity and quality of two particular fats known as Essential Fatty Acids - they are Omega 3 and Omega 6.

Omega 3 for heart health

Whilst saturated fats make blood platelets stickier (potential heart attack, stroke or embolism), Omega 3's make platelets less sticky.  Saturated fats also make us more insulin resistant (potential for diabetes) whilst Omega 3's make us insulin sensitive.  So cutting out all fats can be dangerous as if we reduce our fat intake and get out fuel instead from carbohydrates, the body lacks the Omega 3's to counter these heart issues whilst it makes saturated fats from the sugars and starches contained in the carbohydrates or we have a diet high in saturated fat.

Omega 6 for heart health

In a recent review of 6 trials that looked at the effect that increasing the intake of Omega 6 and reducing the intake of saturated fats had on coronary heart disease found that 3 studies found that CHD events fell by between 24% and 45% whilst in the other 3 no significant effect was seen.  The review concluded that although limitations are present for each trial, the combined results provide evidence that replacing saturated fats or refined carbohydrates (eg. sugars, white bread, white rice, potatoes) with Omega 6 reduces CHD risk.

Udo's Choice Ultimate OIl Blend, made with organic seed oils provides the body with Omega 3, 6 and 9 and a study in Denmark indicated that adequate amounts of Udo's Oil as part of a healthy diet can play a role in maintaining heart health.  41 active males aged 16-62 took Udo's Oil for 8 weeks and the results of tests showed that HDL 'Good' cholesterol increased whilst LDL 'Bad' cholesterol decreased and triglycerides decreased too.

One of the jobs of HDL cholesterol is to take hold of and escort LDL cholesterol to the liver where it is disposed of so increasing HDL cholesterol can aid heart health.  For more details on this study follow this link to our research page

A Balanced Diet

Not only heart health but our health in general depends in part on us obtaining a balanced diet. It is often difficult however, to achieve a balanced diet that contains all the nutrients that the body needs for optimum health and this is particularly the case with the nutrients found in green foods as many of use simply do not eat enough of these.  You can give your greens intake a boost with Udo's Choice Beyond Greens containing, not only seven different green foods but also digestive enzymes, soluble and insoluble fibre and Omega 3, 6 and 9.

How to use Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is easily incorporated into your daily diet, just pour two or three tablespoons as desired onto hot or cold food, mix in with a smoothie or yoghurt or stir into porridge, mashed potato or casseroles always after cooking.  Visit our recipes page for ideas and inspiration.