Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What Type of Fat Is In Your Body's Fat Cells?

It would seem that fat is fat. And does it really matter what type of fat is accumulated in your body?

Well in Ayurveda and other holistic medical approaches teach that we are what we eat.  The fuel we give our body is what it uses to rebuild itself after the body's natural cycle of cell die off and cell regeneration.  Further, food or other things that cannot be digested accumulate in our body when they are not able to be excreted from our body's natural elimination systems.  This accumulated waste (ama) matter can become toxic and/or strain our body.

A recent study found that in the last 50 years, the concentration of linoleic acid in fat tissue in American adults has increased by 136 percent.  This has been attributed to the direct proportion of increased use of vegetable and seed oils instead of fish oils, butter, ghee, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.  Further, naturally fatty foods like eggs, avocado, fish, and raw nuts have been looked down upon.

At first glance it would seem that vegetable oils such as corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil and canola oil are good for you despite being high in lineolic acid.  The seeds themselves are good, but it is the processing that makes the oil unhealthy. They require a lot of steps and chemical actions that create an unhealthy end product that the body has trouble digesting.  This is why it accumulates in the tissue.

The fats are made by the seed pulp from the food and its oil being put through a hexane solvent bath, which is usually sourced by the refining of crude petroleum oil. More impurities are removed by treating the oil with caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) or soda ash (sodium carbonate). Next, more bleaching and deodorizing are done to remove impurities and volatile compounds. All these chemicals create a product that has been scientifically thought to cause inflammation within the body, elevated blood triglycerides, and a poor insulin response.

These vegetable oils are found in processed foods like baked goods.  Processed foods are hard for our body's to digest, and the science is showing that because we are keeping it in our cells.  Switch your fat, so more of this lineolic fat is not building up in your fat and possibly making you fat.

Stay healthy & well,

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