The good, the bad and the ugly. I am not exaggerating when I say that we are a company expert in consume saturated fat bad (there are also good and that’s article of today), simple carbohydrates with empty calories and processed foods. Or put another way: we are a company expert in eating poorly.
Fats have had a very bad reputation for many years, as we’ve always heard that there are that prevent them for being fully related to cardiovascular disease and weight gain. This we can thank the bad propaganda that was part of the marketing strategy of a multinational that are introduced in the market in the 40 years, based products hydrogenated oils and refined, with dire consequences for our health, but that yes, very economical.
Ironically, with the arrival of this fixation of “better to eat everything that is low in fat content” has been achieved that we have experienced a massive increase of multiple diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity.
The reality is that our body needs healthy fats to stay healthy, in fact the same brain, needs fat to carry out their functions. Is more, the brain is composed of 60% fat and cholesterol.
And another important factor to keep in mind, is that we need to consume fats to burn fat and healthy fats are a source of energy.
To see if in the end, it turns out that as bad is not going to be…
It is important to choose healthy fats that benefit our health by providing essential nutrients, preventing diseases, help to the regeneration of the body and provide protection to our vital organs.
As you know, cholesterol is a major problem in our society, but it is also true that the overall values of reference that appear in the analyses are not always entirely applicable to all over the world.
The food and drug industry, make a good deal with this topic. Bad propaganda has been directed toward the saturated fat, but it as now you will see, the reality should not be so.
The road to good health, start by replacing the trans fats and processed foods, fats with healthy fats. That is to say, the vegetable oils cold-pressed, organic and not hydrogenated.
On the chemistry of fats:
Fats can be solid or liquid. The difference between these is that the solid fats do not dissolve at room temperature, and the liquid itself, as in the case of oils. The oils are of vegetable origin and solid fat, usually of animal origin. Both types of fat, contain molecules called fatty acids.
According to the molecular structure of the carbon atoms that they contain and the links that form, fats are classified as saturated and unsaturated.
The best saturated fats that come from vegetable sources such as coconut oil. Those of animal origin, are found in whole milk like milk and butter, and is also found in large amounts in red meat, organ meats and derivatives (pork lard, bacon and sausages).
Within the unsaturated fats, we have the monoinsatudadas and polyunsaturated. And within the polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential because they can not be synthesized by the body, so that we incorporate them by means of the power supply.
Are examples of monounsaturated fats the ones found in olive oil, avocado or almonds.
Polyunsaturated fats, found in oily fish or walnuts (source of omega 3) and sunflower oil (omega-6).
It is recommended that a ratio omega-3: omega-6 of between 1:5-1:10.
Polyunsaturated fats are more unstable and susceptible to oxidation than the monounsaturated, therefore it is necessary that to the extent that we consume, from food to cold-pressed, organic and raw. Once these fats are subjected to high temperatures, oxidize, its chains are broken and can become toxic to our body. For this reason, it is recommended to cook with olive oil as it withstands much better the high temperature without rust.
Much of the information on saturated fats and cholesterol that we find in networks, it is inaccurate.
What we have always been told in the advertising, is that saturated fats are the ones that lead us to a blockage of the arteries, but in reality, las arterial plaques are caused by consuming unsaturated fats cooked, and the reason (exogenous) that our cholesterol levels to look increased, it is a little diet balanced, the sedentary lifestyle and the excessive consumption of food of animal origin.
With this I want to say that the health benefits of the oils and fats, cannot be determined by the simple fact of their molecular structure or their level of saturation. To say that the unsaturated fats are good and saturated is bad, is inaccurate and therefore, not entirely true.
Let Me explain: we have been told that all saturated fats, whether hydrogenated, vegetable or animal origin, is bad. However, in the case of coconut oil, not metabolizamos in the same way that saturated fats from other sources. So this detail, converts the coconut oil into a source of saturated fat good for health.
In the same way, we must recognize that some unsaturated fats are good for health and others do not. What will determine its quality and its benefits for our health, it will be where it has been extracted oil (raw materials), and how it has been mined, processed and stored.
Going back to our brain: half of the fat that forms it, is saturated. The saturated fat and cholesterol represent a significant portion of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers and preserves proper function of our cognitive functions and the nervous system. If this protective layer appears damaged, it can lead to a number of neurological diseases.
Is more, saturated fats are necessary for the proper function of our cell membranes, liver, immune system, heart, lungs, bones, hormones and regulate our levels of satiety.
The fats that are manipulated artificially, are converted to saturated fats through a hydrogenation process, giving rise to trans-fats or trans-fatty acids. With this type of fat is replaced the unstable polyunsaturated fats , prolonging the expiry date of the processed foods, and therefore, prolonging its stay in the linear, and increasing the chances of sale. Ultimate goal: to earn more money.
Against we have a small detail: they are incredibly harmful for our health.
Who is then the bad of the film?
It is a dense and extensive and that is why I have decided to structure it in two parts. In the next article, we will go into detail about the trans fats, the fish oils, the importance of the oils for our health and in particular, I will explain more about the coconut oil, a source of saturated fat, but very healthy.