NUTRITION WHY’S #16: WHICH FAT IS IT? The food industry loves to confuse you so you will buy their good tasting processed snack foods without worrying about their effects on your body.

NUTRITION WHY’S #17: WHICH FAT IS IT? The food industry loves to confuse you so you will buy their good tasting processed snack foods without worrying about their effects on your body. All fats are not the same. 95% of the fats you eat and 95% of the fats stored in your body are called triglycerides. Their chemical structure includes three fatty acids on a carbon backbone derived from glucose called glycerol. During digestion the fatty acids are removed and then incorporated back into your body fat as triglycerides. If I analyze a sample of your fat I can tell which fats you have been eating for the past 2 years. The chemical nature of the fatty acids determines the name we give a fat. Red meat has mostly saturated fatty acids and is called a saturated fat. These fats which include fats in butter and cheese are solid at room temperature. Double bonds are flexible bonds between carbon atoms that make fats liquid at room temperature as illustrated by the bends of the carbon chains shown. Fatty acids with one double bond are monounsaturated and include the omega-9 fats of olive oil, Avocado, and nuts. Fatty acids with more than one double bond are called polyunsaturated. The two important groups we will discuss are called omega-6 which promotes inflammation and omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory. It is important to have proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in your body fat and other organs and cells since these fatty acids affect your immune system. When you make fat in your body from too many calories of either carbohydrates or amino acids, you store these calories as saturated fat. However, saturated fats have three fatty acids so your fat may have trans-fatty acids from processed snack foods which we will discuss along with other lesser known fats that I will call “Alternative Fats” in a future post. In the meantime, please remember the difference between a fatty acid and a fat and that not all fats have the same effects in your body when it comes to Balanced Nutrition!!#drdavidheber #fats #omega3 #omega6 #oliveoil #redmeat #butter to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

A post shared by Dr. David Heber (@drdavidheber) on



Categories: Nutrition

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: