Why say “YES” to “Wisely Sourced” Saturated FATS????

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Well hellooooo everyone 🙂 Since I see people still panicking about adding “good” fats to their diet I thought of writing yet another piece on how amazing the “good FATS” are. So do stay with me till the end if you really want to enjoy all your yummy food and still maintain or loose that unwanted fat & gain health in the process 😀

Most of us (especially the online health article readers and health video you tubers) have  heard of these terms EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) & EAA’s (Essential Amino Acids) but have any of you heard of ECA’s (Essential Carbohydrate acids)??? If you are still a firm believer that “Eating FAT makes you FAT” &  avoid all the yummy food in the desperation to loose those love handles and fit in that “College day” outfit, well,

YOU ARE IN FOR A SHOCKER.

Saturated fats coming from safe, healthy sources like Grass-fed butter/Ghee, Cold pressed filtered coconut oil, shredded coconut, Grass-fed meats, Malaysian palm oil, wild caught Salmonhttps://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/salmon-the-wild-one/, Avocados and avocado oil, Filtered groundnut oil, olives, flax seeds, free range chicken eggs and the like are all actually beneficial to humans. These are the “finest” source of energy in the human diet. How? Let’s see 🙂

In our body, our cells manufacture a molecule called “ATP- Adenosine Triphosphate“. This is the Unit of energy. Simply put, ATP is the energy that helps us perform our daily functions. This is the “POWER HOUSE” of our cells. We need this power house to perform any activity taking from growing a beard to dancing away on your favourite tune ;). From each molecule of sugar our cells produce approximately 36 molecules of ATP, whereas our cells produce more than 100 molecules of ATP from every FAT molecule. Walah!!!! this means when we include these healthy fats in our diet our energy level spikes. Anyone of you hear about “Bulletproof Coffee” yet?? https://www.jonnybowden.com/the-bulletproof-coffee-phenomena/

Dr. Jonny Bowden, also known as The Nutrition Myth Buster, calls fat as the “High octane gas for the cells”. Fat is the natural fuel for the body. No wonder my morning “MASALA Chai” with a tbsp of  pure,organic Ghee gives me the perfect wakeup kick 😉

Another great feature of “FAT” is its effect on our hormones. All of you have heard of “INSULIN”??? Yup, I thought so. Well india is becoming the Diabetic Capital so has to be right!!! Insulin is the hormone responsible for directing sugar into the cells thus maintain blood glucose levels in normal range and it is a fat storing hormone.  Here’s how this works- Insulin directs the sugar (glucose – carbs are broken down into glucose) into the cells starting from first sending it to the Liver where it is stored as glycogen for future use. Liver glycogen is a small storage so gets filled easily. Than glucose is stored in the muscle as “Muscle glycogen” and this is used by the muscles later for contraction especially during exercise like weight training. Once both the stores are full the excess glucose is converted to fat (Triglycerides) and stored in adipocytes (fat cells) via an enzyme called Lipo protein Lipase (LPL). This glucose which is converted into fat gets “locked up” in the fat stores.

When glucose levels go high in the blood, Insulin spikes high to bring it to the normal range (80-120mg/dl) but during this time LPL becomes highly active due to which glucose may also be sent to adipose tissue, even if liver and muscle glycogen stores are not full. The food group that hikes insulin the most is “Carbohydrates” – yup this includes chapati,rice, breads, biscuits, noodles, all types of sugars and the likes. Than comes protein but its effects are not as high on insulin as that of carbs and the food group which has negligible effect on the spike of insulin is….. U got it “FAT”. 

So whether you are a diabetic or not, if you will eat a big plate or pasta (minus the cheese) your blood sugar will rise & so will your insulin level in order to maintain your blood sugar levels. Once the Insulin is done driving sugar into the cells for energy and stored as Liver and Muscle Glycogen stores, the excess gets converted to fat thru LPL enzyme. So you end up gaining more body fat by eating a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet than you would by say eating a full fat mutton/beef steak or any Panner/cottage cheese preparation (for my vegetarian buddies) of equal caloric value as FAT has negligible effect on Insulin- REMEMBER !!!!! But… yup a big one too 😉 if you load up on those garlic breads or croissants with the steak than it becomes the same as they are… “CARBS”

Not convinced still???

Here are a few more benefits of including healthy fat in your diet

  1. Great brain booster : see https://radhinaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/butter-and-ghee-better-then-other-alternatives/

    2. Enhance Immune system

    3. Nervous system support– Proper nerve signalling

   4. Improved liver health

   5. Healthy Lung function

So I hope you all start including these healthy fats in your diet and keep Carbs (especially the simple carbs) at the minimum.

My desi gang keep that ghee on your chapatees as well as in your Khichdi 😉

** The above information is for educational purposes only. There is absolutely no intension to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any health problems or diseases. Consult your doctor for specific medical advice, diagnosis and treatment, advice on diet, herb and exercise.**

Reference:

  1. Bowden, J. (August 29, 2016). The Bulletproof Coffee Phenomena. Blog post

  2. K11 Academy of Fitness Sciences Sports Nutrition Manual

  3.  Dr, Mercola. (February 3,2014). 7 Reasons To Eat More Saturated Fat. Blog post

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