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Fat Interpreted

Walter Barker

Fat Interpreted

Ojai Natural Foods hopes to inspire people to take more of an interest in their nutrition and health. The following represents the founder's synthesis, interpretation, and organization of available information on the subject of Fats.   These views are is not a substitute for the advice of your doctor.  

 As can be seen in areas of our website and product literature, our approach to food generally includes segregating fats into good and bad fats.  

"Bad Fats"

  • Trans Fats.  Consumers should definitely avoid "trans fats". This is much easier since the FDA has revoked the "generally recognized as safe" status of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, but one should still be diligent and read the Nutritional Label.
  • Saturated fats.  Saturated fats have high melting points which result in why lard and butter are solid at room temperature.  There is much research showing diets "low in saturated fats" are healthier for you.  Even though our customers who subscribe to a "Paleo diet" diet see no issue with saturated fats (allowing adherent blissfully eat fatty meat, butter and such), we feel there are better alternatives for our products.  Hence, our products are "low in saturated fats" since there is no real need to formulate with them other than perhaps cost.  
  • Omega-6 PUFA. The internet is full of critiques of foods and oils rich in Omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, blaming it for inflammation and host of other ailments.  The FDA, however, has no position or guidance on such fatty acid other than they clearly favor PUFA over saturated fats.    Our opinion is that they should simply be reduced and replaced with other fatty acids that are known to be nutritious, such as the ones below.  

"Good Fats"

  • Omega-3 PUFA.  The FDA does not permit health claim nor do they have a daily value intake they recommend for Omega-3 fatty acids.  They do, however, permit the disclosure of the actual amount included in each serving (for example), which is what you find with the few food products that actually have Omega-3.
Nonetheless, credible websites like Dr. Axe's ( blame deficiencies in Omega-3 for a litany of ailments including - "inflammation (sometimes severe); higher risk for heart disease and high cholesterol; digestive disorders; allergies; arthritis; joint and muscle pain; mental disorders like depression; poor brain development; and even cognitive decline."   
Again, the FDA has no guidance nor set a DV but many believe that 4,250 mg per day is sufficient.  Flaxseed, chia, hemp seed are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and Ojai Natural food Foods specifically formulate with them.
  • Monounsaturated Fats.  The health benefits Monounsaturated fats, are just starting to gain public interest and found in ingredients like pumpkin seeds, sesame seed, and olive oil.    


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