A word that evokes fear in our minds like no other word is FAT!
The moment we hear that a dish is high in fat, we check in with ourselves to negotiate an extra mile of running the next day to compensate!
When we meet our loved ones after a long time, which is happening a lot thanks to COVID, we often hear them commenting about our Body Fat.
The conversation generally goes like “Oh my, you have gained so much fat! Looks like the stress of lockdown really got to you!”
Fat has become a villain in conversations and every advert we see on television promises us a nirvana land where no fat will exist if we buy their product.
‘Lose fat with our revolutionary new pill’ says the colourful ad with lots of happy fit people dancing to the newest tunes.
Superstores are inundated with products that are touted as healthy because of a highlight statement of ‘fat-free’ to make us believe that this is one element of nutrition that needs to be omitted, period!
Let’s explore the time in history when fat was projected as a threat to good health.
The Study that called dietary fats dangerous
American scientist Ancel Keys conducted a study called the Seven Countries Study which at that time was the biggest study done on connecting the lifestyle and dietary factors that caused cardiovascular disease across different countries and cultures.
He concluded that countries with high fat consumption in their diets had the highest prevalence of cardiovascular disease.
However, as the quality of studies and our capacity of analyses has progressed with time, the study does not seem convincing anymore.
Keys had missed out on the fact that there were many countries where cardiovascular disease was high and fat consumption was low and there were also many countries where fat consumption was high and cardiovascular disease low.
Recent studies have proven that the study conducted by Keys was limited and arrived at an inaccurate conclusion. The Cochrane Database Systematic Review analysed with much larger numbers and found no statistical evidence to confirm the verdict given by Keys!
However, not many people are aware of this history of how fat became a villain and the fact that we have much advanced studies to disprove the previously held belief in the scientific community.
In 1977, the American Government created the first set of ‘Dietary Goals’ and advocated a higher intake of carbohydrates and negligent consumption of fats. This later on led to the obesity epidemic in the 1980s because the population started consuming cheap empty calories in the form of processed carbohydrates that were low on fiber. This has consistently been causing a decline in the general health of the masses!
Different types of fats
Before we start judging the word fat so much, let us first learn more about the different types of dietary fats
- Saturated Fats : These Fats are found in a solid state at room temperature. Common sources of Saturated Fats are Red Meat, Milk, Cheese and Butter. Non-red meats have less Saturated Fats when compared to red meat. Vegan Sources of Saturated Fats include Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk and Macadamia Nuts. Too much saturated fat can increase our Cholesterol levels so best to consume a limited amount. Having said that, it certainly is a necessary dietary element that should not be skipped altogether
- Unsaturated Fats : Unlike Saturated Fats, these Fats are found in a liquid state at room temperature. It is mostly found in oils from plants. These can be consumed in higher quantities when compared to Saturated Fats but since they are high in calories, we need to stay in moderation like with everything else in life. It is further subdivided into two categories :
- Monounsaturated Fats – They contain only one double bond in their molecular structure. These may help in lowering bad cholesterol which actually reduces your risk of heart disease. Yes, the right fats actually REDUCE your risk of heart disease! Some examples include Cooking Oils (Olive Oil & Sesame Oil), Avocados and Sesame Seeds.
- Polyunsaturated Fats – They contain more than one double bond in their molecular structure. Similar to Monounsaturated Fats, they help in lowering bad cholesterol. Examples include Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Oil, Pine Nuts and Walnuts.
- Trans Fats : These are liquid-state fats that convert to solid-state fats while being processed using artificial food processing techniques. This conversion from one state to another is called hydrogenation. The purpose to convert is to increase shelf life as it stays in a hard solid state at room temperature. They are the ‘unhealthy’ type of fats that must be avoided. They raise our bad cholesterol levels. Common examples are processed foods, chips in packets, cookies, doughnuts and some salad dressings (Yes Salads can be unhealthy too)
Why are fats important
There are Vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K that are fat soluble. Without enough fats in our system, we will not be able to effectively absorb these necessary Vitamins. Along with this, Fats help us stay full for longer, which helps in dealing with cravings and avoiding taking in too many empty calories.
It further helps us in crucial bodily functions like blood clotting, building cell membranes, muscle movement and inflammation!
Difference between Short Chained, Medium Chained and Long Chained Triglycerides.
Triglycerides is just a fancy technical name for Fats. Fats are also categorized as per the length of their carbon atoms in the chain that makes the Fat. Triglyceride is basically a glycerol molecule and three fatty acids
- Short Chain Triglycerides : The fatty acids in SCTs have fewer than 6 carbon atoms. They are created in the colon upon fermentation by fiber done by the friendly gut bacteria. They help in the metabolism of carbs and fats.
- Medium Chain Triglycerides : The fatty acids in SCTs have 6-12 carbon atoms. They break down faster in the system as compared to LCTs. They bypass the lymphatic system and are directly processed by the liver which produces ketones upon absorption providing instant energy without any load on digestion.
- Long Chain Triglycerides : The fatty acids in LCTs have 13-21 carbon atoms. It is the most common type of fat we find in foods. These types of fats pass through our digestive system after which they are released as lipids in the bloodstream. These get stored in the adipose tissue and increase fat levels of the body
The type of fats in our CBD Oil Products
Pure CBD Health offers MCT Oil as the carrier of Full Spectrum CBD to make sure it gets easily absorbed in your system.
Along with the boost of CBD in your performance, you get the benefit of MCT Oil with our products which is essential for good energy levels for the body.
Another wonder of MCT Oil is that once it is converted into ketones in our system, it can effectively pass through the blood-brain barrier and give instant energy to the brain cells as well, making you feel more alert and alive!
This makes CBD much more bioavailable to the body and the brain, making MCT Oil the most effective medium of delivery!
It is a much more effective method of administering CBD to the body, as compared to taking a CBD supplement in pill form. In this case, the CBD is first digested and broken down into over 100 metabolites, most of which are not used by the body and merely removed from the system. This process is called ‘First-Pass Metabolism’
MCT Oil helps CBD avoid the First-Pass Metabolism making sure more CBD reaches the bloodstream.
This works like a charm because CBD and other cannabinoids are fat soluble, just like many of the vitamins.
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