- The truth about saturated fats and cholesterol.
are perceived as the root of all evil these days. Saturated fat
is considered especially dangerous. 'Healthy
eating' focuses on low fat products. Despite this focus on low
fat products obesity is at its highest point in history as is deaths
from cancer or heart disease.
low fat theory stemmed from misinterpreted studies in the 50’s
which the media latched onto. They did this before the science
backed the theory but it took off to become the common knowledge that we see today.
reality is that fats are natural, essential and very beneficial
to your body. The best example of this fact is that as a population
today we eat far less saturated fat levels compared to people 50
years ago yet heart attacks, obesity and cancer rates are through
as a country is one of the biggest consumers of cholesterol within
their diet yet lead the world in life expectancy despite smoking
significantly more than the western countries.
You do not need to see nationwide studies to note the benefits. People on a low fat diet suffer more cravings and hunger than those who are not. You can experiment with this factor immediately.
for and against fats
studies supporting the fat is bad theory are inherently flawed or
do not account for other factors. Tribes throughout the world who
are free from heart disease all consume far greater amount of saturated
fat than we do. This was shown by the research of Dr Weston A Price.
milk is almost 50% saturated fat. Surely Mother Nature has not got
it wrong. Fat causes a problem within the body when rancid fats
such as Trans fat are consumed. These are created by heating an
unsaturated fat. This changes the chemical structure and causes
havoc in the body. This is the real reason why fats can be dangerous.
is therefore advised to focus on consuming only saturated fat such
as coconut oil, palm oil, butter etc or stable unsaturated fats
such as olive oil. You should avoid all vegetable oils and minimize
the heating of fats and oils.
stored on your body, the stuff you can grab is not just fat, it
is a large carbohydrate molecule attached to three chains of fat.
The body can convert protein, carbohydrates or fat into the ‘fat’
you can grab.
are classified as saturated or unsaturated; this is due to their
chemical structure. There are numerous sub divisions within these.
An important note about fats is Omega 3 and Omega 6. It is important
to get fairly equally measure of both these types of fat. However
our diet normally contains far greater amounts of Omega 6 over Omega
3. This can cause health issues.
is a natural substance within the body and essential to artery health.
Unheated cholesterol is a beneficial substance to the body. However,
excessive heating of it can cause rancidity which creates Trans
fats and thus the cholesterol becomes unhealthy.
to do with this information
key to eating fats is choosing a safe fat that will not cause problems
with in the body. To do this you should avoid all unsaturated fats
which have been subjected to heating.
is then advised to find quality fat sources e.g. coconut oil, palm
oil, raw butter to provide you with your required fat soluble vitamins
and fat calories to form your ideal
fuel mix and thus optimize energy production within the cells
which will give you the results you desire.
typing and fat consumption
typing determines your unique nutritional needs. This results in
different nutritional requirements from one person to the next.
Therefore some people require significantly higher proportions of
fat than others. It is essential you determine
your metabolic type to find out how much fat you should be consuming
subject is covered as part of my on
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article is written from extracts from an article written by Sally
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