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Another Good Fat

Posted by Heather J.

Omega-6s, found in vegetable oils and processed foods, are usually considered the “bad” fats. But CLA, a member of the omega-6 family, may help fight weight gain, allergies, and more. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, walnuts, and flaxseed. They boost brain power, stave off depression, and decrease inflammation. Omega-6s, on the other hand, may lead to inflammatory diseases such as asthma, heart disease, and cancer. However, an increasing body of evidence shows that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is surprisingly beneficial. It may promote weight loss, build lean muscle, boost immunity, and halt cancer growth. CLA is a fatty acid found only in the meat and milk of cud-chewing animals such as cattle. Research shows that CLA levels are higher if these animals are fed on lush, green pastures. One study found that milk from grass-fed cows contained up to 500 percent more CLA than milk from cows fed a diet of 50 percent grain. But you won’t get it from fat-free dairy products: the higher the fat content, the higher the CLA. Choose organic raw or whole milk from grass-fed cows. If you don’t want to go that route, take CLA as a supplement. Actually, if you’re interested in CLA for its weight loss properties, supplements will provide the greater effect, as they contain the two isomers that contribute to that process. If you want to add more CLA into your diet for its allergy, asthma, and cancer-fighting properties, go for the full-fat dairy from grass-fed cows. Three daily servings will give you the amount needed for optimal benefits.

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Correct me if I'm wrong (I'm a vegetarian), but isn't beef suppose to be one of the worst meats for you in terms of fat? Also, haven't we always been told to steer away from fatty dairy? If CLA does do what it claims, I can't imagine the benefits outweighing the costs. Without further information I wouldn't suggest relying on it's weight-loss properties--even in supplement form.
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