Fats, Hidden Fats & Essential Fatty Acids


Your brain is made up of 75% fat. Every cell in your body is made of fat.  All your hormones, even vitamin D are made out of a fat called cholesterol.  Eating fats that have been changed from their natural state by healing, contributes to the body’s loosing control of it’s normal fat metabolism and descending into disease.

Heat damaged fats kill. (The deep fat fryer should have a skull and cross bone on it).  The worst offenders are by far the processed vegetable oils especially the cheap junk oils available in plastic bottles.

Hidden Fats

The proportion of hidden fats in the diet is frightening.  It has reached a historical level of 40%, and most of that processed, damaged fats!!



Think of the fats we consume in massive quantities in our chips, potato crisps muffins, especially our children. Feel the weight of a muffin the next time you pick one up; it’s soaked with heat damaged fats!



Don’t get sucked in by the low fat food fads, this only worsens the problem.  Foods that claim to be low fat often have removed stable animal fats from the recipes, and replaced them with junk, trans fats / hydrogenated vegetable oils.  These are worrying when they play such a substantial part of today’s diet especially in our children.  Children need undamaged fats in order to produce normal hormones and from healthily.

You are safer eating non- processed foods, as close to its natural form as possible, with small amounts of unprocessed animal fat, or best of all essential fatty acids.

Omega-3 -6

We require two groups of essential fatty acids (EFAs) in our diet: the Omega-3 and Omega-6 families.  The body requires both, but modern Western diets tend to provide excessive amounts of Omega-6 essential fatty acids, while intakes of Omega-3 essential fatty acids are generally low.

Significant levels of Omega-6 are found in seed oils (e.g. sunflower and corn oil) and of Omega-3 in oily fish, such as sardines, salmon and mackerel. The latter contain two types of Omega-3, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). A major role of EPA is to support the heart and artery health, while DHA is indispensable in the structure of cell membranes throughout the body, and particularly those of the brain and the retina of the eye.

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Jess Day

Jess Day is an experienced Holistic Therapist, who qualified over 10 years ago with a Diploma in Holistic Dietetics and Nutrition. Also a registered member of the Irish Association for Craniosacral Therapists, Jess has been practicing since 1999 and is an advanced practitioner with a special interest in Paediatrics operating in County Carlow & Kildare.