Fat! Friend or Foe? Part 3
By Ally Foreman
If you’re confused about all the apparently conflicting advice about fat in your diet, read this fab series of articles by our very own Ally Forman that will help get it all into perspective.
Part three – Why is this all so important?
But why is any of this important I hear you ask? What’s the deal with fat making me fat, or not?! Well, if move from history to biology, here are some interesting points of note when it comes to fats and carbohydrates.
- 1. ALL carbohydrates break down into glucose. The faster this happens depends on their original state, but a single molecule of glucose is where all end up.
- 2. Glucose = sugar. Sugar promotes fat accumulation and drives insulin resistance and related diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
- 3. One of the most important healthy fats is animal-based omega-3, which is absent from the healthy food plate. Deficiency in this essential fat can cause or contribute to very serious health problems, both mental and physical, and may be a significant underlying factor of up to 96,000 premature deaths each year. (www.mercola.com).
- 4. When you eat fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can feel satiated longer, which helps curb overeating. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and are needed for mineral absorption and a host of other biological processes.
- To get these healthy saturated fats in your diet, you need to eat animal foods like butter and other full-fat raw dairy products and eggs, yet these foods are still demonized by the establishment. (www.mercola.com)
- 5. This might come as a surprise, but of the three macronutrients in our diet (protein, fat and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are non-essential for human life. We cannot function properly for more than a few days without eating fat; without an adequate protein intake we develop protein-calorie malnutrition within a few months.
But avoiding carbohydrate has no short- or long-term effects on humans, other than the (usually beneficial) effect of weight loss, especially in those who are the most overweight. While we need a constant supply of glucose, it can be produced by the liver from fat and protein and doesn’t need to be ingested as carbohydrate in our diets. (www.newmealrevolution.com)
Now, I am not saying never let a carbohydrate pass you lips again. Frankly they taste nice, have some uses for energy, especially during exercise and they form the basis of many social engagements and a life without them can be very socially awkward.
What I am suggesting is that you simply consider if you have been the victim of a large-scale political deception (more on that another time!) and if your health would benefit from a fat overhaul!
If this has ticked your interest then see these videos for more information.