The many forms of fat.
For years we have been inundated with the “Health” claim of canola oil, corn oil, and soy oil. All of these crops are among the highest for being genetically modified organisms. Fats have gotten a bad rap for causing cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, etc., etc.
But not all fats are created equal.
Fats are classified either by their saturation, or by molecular size, or length of their carbon-hydrogen chain. Recent scientific studies have shown that the body metabolizes medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) differently than other fats. They are burned as energy instead of being stored as fatty tissue.
There are many types of fatty acids; including saturated, polyunsaturated, mono unsaturated and long-chain fatty acids, and medium-chain fatty acids, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.
What are hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils?
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils should be avoided like the plague. Basically, these are man-made fats. Long-chain polyunsaturated fats have been converted into long-chain saturated fats. These fats make heavier demands on our digestion system and the body is not able to use them as easily as natural saturated fats.
Are there good saturated fats?
The short answer is a resounding “YES”. Saturated fats come in many forms or chain lengths. The ones the body can readily use are the medium-chained fatty acids.
Scientific studies show that medium-chain fatty acids have a greater satiating effect then long-chain fatty acids found in vegetable oils. The MCFAs are readily utilized by the liver, which leads to a greater energy expenditure. Enter coconut oil. Coconut oil has one of the highest concentrations of MCFA’s.
Saturated fats do not cause cardio-vascular disease or obesity.
The benefits of Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil has been used for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system. Despite coconut oil’s high calorie and saturated fat content, it has also been used to lose weight and lower cholesterol. (These claims have not been proven by the Food and Drug Administration.)
Our bodies need fats. For many years we have been led to believe that diets low in fat will keep us from becoming over weight and reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies are disproving both of these theories, plus a low fat diet can have potential health consequences.
Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) need fats in order to be absorbed by the body. Having a low fat diet could result in deficiency of these vitamins. Dietary fats are required to support growth and maturation in children.
They also promote feeling satisfied and full. They slow digestion and control the metabolism of carbohydrates.
While too much fat in the diet can cause problems, too little can also cause problems. Moderate amounts of healthy fats are critical for health. A good rule of thumb is to have 25% to 35% of your daily calories from healthy fats. These include not only coconut oil, but also olive oil, avocados and olives, nuts and seeds. and fatty fish such as wild caught Pacific salmon.
As with anything remember just because they are considered healthy fats too much of a good thing is still not a good choice. Stay within the 25% to 35% of daily calories from healthy fats.
These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.
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