#Healthy-Eating: DIETARY FATS
We’re in for a long series of conversations to debunk most widely held beliefs about Fats & Cholesterol.
Because our body’s pathway of utilizing fats and cholesterol interlinks each other, it is not surprising how easy it is for people to generally play safe by “tossing away” all fats from the diet in the name of healthy-eating.
Sadly, this is not the solution because simply eliminating fats from your diet does not necessarily make a diet healthy!
I’ll summarize the very long explanations of all that with these 3 points:
- Not all fats are bad and in fact, there is a lot of good in Mono- & Poly-Unsaturated Fats because they mop up excessive cholesterol in the body so are actually protective of the heart.
- A recent Harvard study shows that our dietary intake of Cholesterol has very little direct contribution to the blood level of Cholesterol. The most important influence is the amount of “bad fats” (Saturated & Trans-fats) eaten.
- Fats naturally have the highest (higher than Carbohydrates) load of calories that is gained from eating food. Therefore, it is recommended that fats should constitute about 25-30% of daily Caloric intake.
So it turns out that, in the new tug of war between the “Good Fat vs. Bad Fat”, it is the type of fat eaten that ultimately determines the level of circulating cholesterol in the body.
Not that cholesterol in itself is a “bad or poisonous” substance, but just like most other things in life; too much of it becomes bad. And cholesterol is particularly popular because when in excess in the blood, it simply starts piling up on the blood vessel walls as plaques until it becomes bulky enough to either block off the arterial blood supply entirely, or just roll-off that spot and migrate to a narrower blood vessel elsewhere (commonly in the heart or brain). If you’ve ever heard of the words Stroke, or a Heart Attack, chances are that 70-90% of them were caused by this. #ScaryStuff
P.S: Other important contributing factors to strokes and heart diseases include Obesity and diseases like Hypertension & Diabetes -All of which are soaring in their popularity because of the increasing number of people who have them worldwide; & they CAN BE controlled.
#Weight Loss & Obesity: BODY FAT
Our elementary knowledge of ‘Fats & Oil’ as a food group is that they are the naturally occurring food source with the highest endowment of Calories. Excess calories pile up as fatty deposits within our bodies in all the unwanted places, and we know the drill… #OBESITY, Right? NOT REALLY! Obesity is a little bit more complex than just over-eating. There is the role of Physical activity, Hormones, and many other inter-linking factors too.
Anyway, obesity is now officially acknowledged as a health issue because of its obvious linkage to chronic diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Osteoathritis, etc (Learn more here).
BUT, that is not the only truth.
In the interest of basic healthy-living or weight loss & getting fat, all fats are high in calories, so limit your dietary fats/oil intake. However, the same golden rule of “All fats are not equal” still applies here:
The location of body fat is a very important indicator of health risk.
People who have more fats spread around their thighs, hips & buttocks are literally in better (healthier) shape than others with concentrated abdominal fat. This is because, fat deposits along the midline (love handles, spare tyres, whatever…🙂) are often highly suggestive of fat-wrapped organs internally.
In the end, it turns out that the recent craze for getting flat sexy abs isn’t just a fad; it’s actually healthy!