Fats are one of the most misunderstood foods. For years we were told that they were bad for us. However, just like calories, all fats are not created equally. All fats are combinations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. The general rule is to eat unsaturated fats and stay away from the saturated fats and trans fats.
However, all the facts about fat are not in. We tend to study items in isolation. How foods, supplements, and nutrients work synergistically is still being studied. A great explanation about fats can be found at: http://www.askmen.com/sports/foodcourt_100/143_eating_well.html This gives you good basic information about fats. #6 Tells us that fats help transport vitamins through our body and regulate cholesterol. levels.
Our brains need fats to create energy. Essential fatty acids, especially the omega 3’s are vital for our cognitive well being as stated in the article at: http://www.tanplusforhealth.com/news/august/brain.htm
A specific study related to brain functions and our diet can be found at:
Fats/Oils seem to be vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies. I still question some of the information.
I find conflicting information about ‘canola’ oil which really is Canadian Oil processed from canola seeds. However, rape seeds which are very poisonous have been ‘cross bred’ not ‘genetically modified’ as some reports state to make canola or ‘Canadian oil’ http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp
Coconut oil was seen as very bad for you because it is a saturated fat. However, we are finding many health benefits in coconut oil. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/dining/02Appe.html?pagewanted=all
Avocado oil is another that some people claim it has too much saturated fat yet there are so many nutrients found in it. http://www.avooilsrus.com/avocado-oil-benefits
Another disputed oil is grape seed oil. There are so many benefits from this oil that it is hard to believe that it is harmful to use. http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/health-benefits-of-grape-seed-oil-9568.html
As I often say, moderation is the best policy. We also, need to keep searching and learning about oils/fats so we can make healthy choices. Alternating or using different oils is also a good way to get the healthy essential fatty acids our bodies need.