Is Fat Essential?
I have questions for you:
Did you realize your cell membranes consist of fat? Did you know your brains is made from fat? Did you know your body makes hormones from fat? Did you know aspirin works by tricking your body and how it handles fat? Do you know cholesterol is not fat?
I would encourage you to stop all trans fat also known as partially hydrogenated oil. The worldwide food manufacturers have successfully pulled off a marvelous job tricking people.
Kellogg’s corn flakes were originally designed to provide a basic, healthy food substance; I am of the observation once food conglomerates realized huge profits could be made creating addictive foods, the whole approach changed for them and other proprietary food creators. Look at the ingredients; sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), partially hydrogenated oils, and other additives. Do you really want to eat anything that has a Blue, Yellow, or Red with a number attached?
Have you noticed when it is time to go back to school, the breakfast and after school snack foods that are being advertised on TV. If any mom would give her child or children those items, her kids will have behavioral issues from the trans fat, sugar, wheat, and other additives. When will people get it?
So, what is the issue with the word “essential” in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)? First, you must realize the word “essential”; in health vernacular, it means the body needs it, but it cannot be produced on its own. For example, in the protein aspect of life, an estimated 8 “essential” amino acids are the building blocks for all other proteins. That is why some people who become vegans have health issues. The health status is compromised in vegans that do not eat the full spectrum of protein building blocks; you cannot be a healthy vegan eating bagels or pasta!!
Two essential fats are linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. You need to eat food to have them in your body. Common linoleic acid or omega-6 food precursors would include: safflower, sunflower, and corn oils. These, plus other items create the omega-6 food groups, when in abundance, translate into other fat tissue-like hormones that can create pain and inflammation (red meat, dairy, and shellfish are in that category). Today, many of the foods we eat are categorized in the omega-6 level, which is not balanced by the omega-3 precursor foods like: flax oil, greens, walnuts, and fish.
If you have any general health questions about this article, please email askdrbob at druglessdoctor dot com, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Bob.
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