PUFAs and Oils

Photo: Fish Oil Pills.What are PUFAS?

PUFA stands for Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid. Not all fats are bad for you, in fact your body needs certain fat compounds to function. Unsaturated fats are healthy fats, and are typically found in some vegetables and nuts, and fish and shellfish. Many studies are showing that PUFAs, most commonly Omega 3s and Omega 6s have a number of health benefits if consumed on a regular basis. The results of these studies have led many professionals to recommend that people consume fish regularly to make use of the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA) Newsletters

The PUFA Newsletter and Fats of Life are written by nutrition scientist Joyce A. Nettleton, D.Sc., with input from the Scientific Advisory Board below and other science and medical experts as needed. Each issue is reviewed by the board members before posting. Fats of Life is a simplified version of the PUFA Newsletter. For current PUFA Newsletters.

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