Folk Science: Fats, are they good or bad?

Folk Science: Fats, are they good or bad?

zhealthy-fatsSocially, the world has accepted fat as the culprit of all things bad. It is believed in folk science that fat is the reason why you get diabetes, heart disease, and the reason why you will not live as long. Doctors, even the American Heart Association, promote a low-fat diet in order to live longer and claim it improves heart issues. The ultimate truth is fat is essential in your diet and should be a part of any healthy diet. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are the problem. They are the main source for diabetes, obesity, etc.

Knowing that fat is necessary for your health; there are people who have issues with digesting fat. Symptoms include: nausea, bloating, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea or constipation, dry skin, etc. If you have these symptoms, you may have gallbladder problems!

To explain this process in the simplest form, bile is dish soap. When you are washing a greasy plate, it is near impossible to clear the grease with just water. Adding soap helps break down the fat into smaller particles and releases them from the plate. Fundamentally, bile produced from your liver is dish soap that helps break down the fat you ingested to help you digest. Your liver is constantly producing bile, since your body doesn’t know when you will eat. Every time you eat fat, a little bile is released from your gallbladder into your intestine to aid digestion. As you can see, this process can be problematic if you stop consuming adequate amounts of beneficial fat (mono or poly-unsaturated fat) in your diet. The bile becomes crystallized and forms gallstones.

Now that you know the importance of a healthy dose of fat in your diet, what should you do if you already have gallbladder problems? Obviously, the answer is not to load up on fats immediately because your body will not be able to cope. First you want to get the bile moving again. This can simply be done with drinking a half-cup of beet juice everyday, or pills called A-F Betafood. These help thin the bile and get the bile moving into your intestine again. Once your bile starts flowing again, you may introduce small amounts of coconut oil to your diet. Once you feel that your body is absorbing the fat naturally, you can start eating fatty foods such as avocados, walnuts, or flax and pumpkin seeds, then later with olive oil. Being able to digest fat well by the gallbladder, you become able to digest fat-soluble vitamins (A,E,D, and K) or Omega-3 fatty acids. Remember that fats are high in calorie and you should have a balanced diet.

The key is balance. If you are able to keep your diet balance with the right amount of fat, protein, and complex, unrefined carbohydrates, that would be the healthiest. But remember to not listen to folk science because fat is not what makes you fat.

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