For decades, it has been accepted medical theory that fats make people fat. Obesity, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even cancer have all been linked to overeating foods with high fat content. An analysis of the plaque buildup in the arteries of heart attack and stroke victims show that saturated fats clump together with cholesterol to form life-threatening boluses that cling to arterial walls and restrict blood flow to the heart and brain.
Thus many, many nutritional experts the United States Dietary Association, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and the list goes on, all promote a diet low in any kind of fat, with little to no saturated fat in particular. They also restrict cholesterol to almost zero, and recommend eating whole grain products on a regular basis to help lower cholesterol levels in the body.
The American public has become almost fanatical about following these directives, some of which are not even completely sound to begin with. Many people cut fat out of their diets completely. Supermarket aisles are full of fat-free products. Some of these include mayonnaise, salad dressings, and cheeses.
One must wonder how on earth manufacturers get items that are predominantly, naturally fatty to become fat free. Well, read the ingredient labels. They replace the natural ingredients, the eggs and so on, with corn syrup and chemicals used to simulate the taste and texture of real mayonnaise. Wouldn’t you rather just eat the eggs instead of filling your body with unnatural ingredients?
Furthermore, cutting fat out of ones diet is an incredibly wrong approach to the weight loss issue. Any diet that can be considered sound and healthy must include all the basic food groups, of which fat is most definitely one. The human body needs fat for so many reasons it would be impossible to list them all here.
To begin with, there are many essential vitamins that can only be absorbed into the body in the presence of dietary fat. These are the fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin D is a unique vitamin in that it is also made in the subcutaneous fat layers of the skin when sunlight shines on them.
In cutting out all fats, we have also managed to cut out cholesterol. Cholesterol is a much vilified substance, and yet it too is necessary in the human body. It is a vital component of cell membranes. Without it, cells would break apart and die. Cholesterol and the essential fatty acids are also used to create hormones.
All of our internal organs are surrounded by a layer of fatty tissue that protects them from shocks, bumps and bruises. Women in particular have a pad of fat that is very visible in the abdominal area that protects their reproductive organs from harm. Just how important this fat pad is to the body is illustrated by the fact that in anorexic people who have virtually no body fat whatsoever, the pad is still visible.
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The body would rather break down itself than lose that pad. The membranes of the brain themselves are made of fats, primarily essential fatty acids. The primary fuel of cardiac muscle is fat. Ironic, isn’t it, since people with cardiac problems are often advised to follow low fat diets.
In conclusion, we must point out how easy it is to spot a person who is on a fat free diet. Their hair and skin looks brittle and sallow. They may suffer from worsening eyesight and cognitive abilities. Remember that we cannot absorb a number of vital nutrients without fat being present in the gut while they are being digested. Women suffer from irregular menses and infertility due to a lack of vital female hormones in the body.