Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Albuquerque, NM 87121

 

A lot of people hear the word "fat", and automatically associate it with negative connotations. But do you know that fat is VITAL for bodily function? If you consume a diet in which fat only accounted for 10% of your calories, it can actually worsen your blood lipid profiles. Now that might not mean anything to you, but how about this... If your fat consumption is under 20%, starting around the 15% mark, it decreases testosterone. There are essential fats, and two types of unsaturated fats, saturated and trans-saturated. Fats are categorized by how much hydrogen atoms are present. Saturated fats are completely saturated with hydrogen, making them less desirable, and unsaturated fats are not completely saturated and are either polyunsaturated or monounsaturated, depending on how much hydrogen is present. Do you know that trans fat is a MUTATED form of fat that can be converted during cooking, or synthetically made, and it's probably a carcinogen? Do you know that the band "My Morning Jacket" has the best album of the year titled "Circuital?". (Just checking to see if you're still with me)

     On a less technical , (and perhaps a bit more interesting) side. You can tell if a fat is saturated or unsaturated by the form it takes at room temperature. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature while unsaturated oils are liquid at room temperature. Eating a little saturated fat is necessary for cellular function.

     All saturated fats are not created equal! Coconut oil is barely a solid at room temperature and is a medium- chained triglyceride which means your body will probably use it as energy and not store it as adipose tissue. Butter is more solid than coconut oil, and marbled fat on animal foods is more solid than butter at room temperature, so choose your saturated fats wisely! 

    Oils have different cooking temperature thresholds, before they convert to TRANS FAT! The popular cooking oil from the olive has a low conversion temperature, on the other hand grapeseed oil has a high cooking temperature, so choose your cooking oils wisely!  It's good to know these things of course, but even if you know just the basics, you are on the right road to a healthier you. What did you learn that you find most interesting about fat? If you would like to talk or learn more about fat, nutrition, "My Morning Jacket", or how to start living a healthier lifestyle contact me at anytime....