Does FAT Make You FAT?
YES and NO. The right answer to this question is dependent on what type of fat
we're talking about. Certain fats are actually essential for so many important
bodily functions, but the wrong kind of fat can lead us down an unhealthy path to
weight gain and a long list of diseases.
Fat To Avoid
You have probably already heard in the media or just about anywhere that
hydrogenated oils are detrimental to your health so to avoid them at all costs. But
what exactly are they?
Hydrogenation is a chemical process used to make fat more shelf stable. This
hydrogenation method completely alters the liquid oil's molecular structure so
that it no longer resembles a natural fat.
Because your body does not recognize the transformed molecule as a natural fat,
it cannot process it and treats it as a toxin. This "toxin" has been linked to cancer,
birth defects, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and obesity.
We must read labels! Hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil can be
found in most packaged foods (margarine, crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies,
cereal bars, sugar cereals, microwave popcorn, and low‐fat and fat‐free snacks).
There are even many packaged foods advertised as "health foods" that include
this toxic ingredient.
Fats You Must Eat
Your body cannot survive without fat ‐ specifically essential fatty acids. Your brain,
hormones, immune system, and digestion are all dependant on this healthy fat
(which is why people who go on very extreme low fat diets often suffer many
Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3 Fats are essential to human health but cannot be produced by the body
which is why it is essential that we get these great fats from food. Foods high in
Omega 3 fats are leafy green vegetables, flax seeds, salmon, sardines, raw
walnuts, organic eggs and grass fed beef.
Extensive research indicates that omega‐3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and
help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease,