Welcome back to demystifying fats and the truth about sugars. My name is Minna, and this is my husband Andy.
We created this series called ‘Demystifying Fats’ because we grew up thinking that fats are fat.
Fats makes us fat, and fat gives us high cholesterol, which leads to heart attacks. But that’s not entirely true.
In this series, we’ll go deeper into the history of how this ‘belief’ about fats came from, and what is the real truth. We talk about how fats can heal our bodies and what we should eat that will not only improve our health, but eating the right kinds of fats can actually makes us leaner, gives us more energy and vitality, and keep us feeling younger and stronger.
In our last video, we talked about the history of how we came to believe that fats causes heart disease. And it was an eye opener for many of us. If you’ve missed that episode, we have included a link here and we strongly encourage you to go back and watch it.
In this video, we are going to talk about the different types of fats. We’ve heard about saturated fats, unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats. Which of these fats are good for you and which ones are harmful to us?
We grew up thinking that saturated fats are bad for you. That’s what we read on the internet and that’s what our family doctors have been telling us. Doctors have been trained in school to believe that saturated fats and cholesterol are bad for you.
But now we know and this has been scientifically proven that saturated fats are not bad for you.
The difference between saturated fats and polyunsaturated fats is that polyunsaturated fatty acids are in high concentration in vegetable oils and seed oils such as corn, canola, cottonseed, soy, sunflower and safflower. Polyunsaturated fats have a higher melting point and they don't solidify when you put them in the refrigerator.
Any fats that are solid at room temperature are higher in saturated fats such as butter and coconut oil.
Saturated fats are anti-inflammatory. It is also resistant to reacting with oxygen. While polyunsaturated fats are highly inflammatory to our bodies and are very reactive to oxygen. This reactions to oxygen inside our bodies cause oxidative stress which causes free radicals. Oxidative stress is also the same reason why smoking is bad for us. And remember that it was really smoking that cause the rise in heart attacks in the 1950’s for which saturated fats got the blame.
There are so many different kinds of oil in the supermarkets. How can we tell what is a saturated fat and what is polyunsaturated?
The easiest way to tell saturated oils from polyunsaturated oils is the smell. Saturated oils are natural oils, such as coconut oil and butter, and they have nice distinct smell and taste. Polyunsaturated fats are created with high heat through harsh chemicals, solvents and then bleached and deodorized which makes them flavorless and odorless. That is why so many restaurants use polyunsaturated fats to cook, because they are cheap, odorless and tasteless.
Let me stress that polyunsaturated oils are toxic to our bodies and actually kills our mitochondria. This is a big problem because mitochondria is the powerhouses in our cells and helps generate energy for our bodies.
Saturated fats, on the other hand, feed and power the mitochondria in our cells, gives us higher levels of energy and restore our cellular functions.
Let me leave you with one interesting fact. Did you know that, before vegetable oils and processed foods were introduced, type-2 diabetes was almost non-existent?
But since the introduction of processed foods and polyunsaturated oils, the rates of obesity have accelerated dramatically. Nowadays, children at age 2 are being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes and children at age 3 and 4 are having complications from diabetes such as strokes and heart attacks. Two-thirds of the U.S. population are now overweight or obese. Obesity is the greatest source of inflammation in our bodies.
Chronic Inflammation over the years can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
It is interested but also sad to know that our next generation is gettin these chronic diseases such as diabetes much earlier in their lives because of what we eat.
In our third episode, we will talk about how low fat, high carb diets and polyunsaturated fats are actually making us fat and shortening our live spans.
Until Next Time, Love what you Live and Live What you Love
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