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OMEGA-9 FATS: NON-ESSENTIAL BUT “ESSENTIAL” FOR HEALTH

Just the other day, as I was thinking that I’d like to write about something interesting in my blog, one of my clients asked me: “What are omega-9s? I saw some interesting supplements in the grocery store...” Wow, I thought! This would be just the perfect topic :) !


Have you heard of omega-9s before? If not, keep reading!


Omega-9 is a beneficial type of fat that is shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, by clearing up “bad” cholesterol and helping to eliminate plaque build-up in the arteries.


It can also act as a substitute for its famous counterparts (omega-3s and omega-6s) and temporarily take some of their roles on itself if those two essential fats get low. It is not as efficient at doing their jobs, but it tries to hold the balance nevertheless!


So yes, this fat is absolutely essential for our health. However, it is referred to as “non-essential” because, unlike omega-3 and omega-6 that we can only get from the diet, our own body can actually make omega-9s itself and therefore it does not qualify to be labelled “essential”. That is not to say you don’t need to eat omega-9s, but you definitely don’t need to spend money on supplementing it! You can easily find a healthy amount of omega-9 fats in sunflower oil, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, pistachios, pine nuts, chia seeds, avocados and more!


Need some inspiration? Since avocado is very rich in omega-9 fats and is also a delicious fruit, I thought this RECIPE would be just perfect! As always stay safe, positive and "bite smartly". Til next!


Fun fact: this recipe contains omega-3s, omega-6s AND omega-9s! Enjoy!


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