One of the most dangerous modern-day fad diets is the "No-fat" diet. People who don't realize the great role GOOD fats play in our bodies, open themselves up to degeneration and nutritional deficiencies by choosing never to eat fat. The body needs essential fatty acids (omega 3s and omega 6s) which are found in the highest concentration in flax seed oil, borage seed oil, hemp seed oil, Udo's Choice and other combination oils found in your health food store.
As their name implies, essential fatty acids are vital to good health. They are the building-blocks of necessary fats and strengthen the cell wall, since cell walls have a biolipid (fat) layer. They strengthen immune cells, help lubricate joints, insulate the body against heat loss, provide energy, and are transformed by the body into hormone-like prostaglandin, necessary for energy metabolism and cardiovascular and immune system health. Prostaglandins have been shown through research to protect against heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, and blood clots.
Adding these good essential fats to your diet could also provide relief from arthritis, asthma, PMS, allergies, skin conditions, and improve brain function and some behavior disorders.
Nuts, seeds, and avocados are also good sources of healthy fats. The polyunsaturated fats support cell wall integrity and hormonal balance. The monounsaturated fats are used for energy purposes.
So, make like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz and "Oil up!"