Fat and Its Effects On Weight Loss
Unlike most animals, humans are a relatively high-fat
eating species. Rats and mice eat food containing about 5% fat, mostly from
grains that contain about 2-3% fat. Rabbits, deer, moose, sheep, goats and
horses consume foods containing less than 1%. Wild dogs, wolves and wild cats
have about 5% fat in their diets, because their prey is lean, averaging about 3%
There is no evidence yet if these compounds can help as gout remedies. However, this very question was asked of an expert on the arthritis today website, and you can see his reply here. Basically the fact is that omega oils from sources such as oily fish (generally recommended to be avoided by gout sufferers) are so highly purified that they do not conatin the molecules which can inflame gouty arthritis.
EFAs go by fancy names. The better-known EFA is linoleic acid (LA). The other
EFA is known as alpha-linoleic (LNA). Both EFAs have vital functions in all
cells. Both (but especially LNA) are extremely sensitive to destruction and
become toxic with exposure to light, oxygen, frying or hydrogenation. To promote
good health, both EFAs must be present, in their natural state, in adequate
quantities in our diet.
LA deficiency is relatively rare due to increased intake
of polyunsaturated oils, mainly corn and safflower. If anything, our intake of
LA is too high. Although it is essential to health, studies show that excessive
consupmtion can promote tumour growth and cancer.
LNA deficiency affects over 95% of the population, because
LNA is extremely destructible - a nightmare of possible rancidity that
manufacturers prefer to avoid. As a result, our intake of LNA has decreased to
one-sixth of the level in 1850. Most people's health will improve by increasing
LNA intake. While excess LA promotes tumour growth, LNA inhibits it. LNA also
inhibits tissue inflammation and increases metabolic rate and energy levels,
helping in weight loss. Here is a fat that can help to keep you slim.
Besides EFAs, unrefined fresh oils contain another set of
important ingredients - the so-called minor ingredients. They are called 'minor'
because they constitute only a small fraction of the total oil (usually less
than 2%) but the term is misleading, because the minor ingredients in fresh,
unrefined oils can have major benefits on health. For example, virgin
(unrefined) olive and unrefined rice bran oils have a good reputation for
supporting human health. Yet if we look at their fatty acid profile, both oils
are unremarkable. They contain only LA (the EFA already too abundant in most
people's diets). Both oils contain virtually no LNA (the EFA missing from the
foods most people eat) . So why the good reputation?
How Essential Fatty Acids Help In Weight Loss
1. They increase metabolic rate and energy levels, which
means that we burn more calories. We should not count essential fatty acids as
fat calories because they increase calorie burning. Instead of being used as a
fuel, they play a role in cell membranes, and are converted into hormone-like
Essential fatty acids play an important role in our skin, hair, and nails. They form a barrier in our skin against loss of moisture, and thereby protect us from dehydration, a cause of many problems that involve histamines, prostaglandins, and inflammation. The barrier functions of essential fatty acids also help prevent constipation and the toxic conditions based on it.
They make skin soft and smooth and are an excellent internal, 'edible cosmetic'. An adult usually requires about 2 dessertspoons a day, but more or less may bring better results, depending on each individual. People also tan better, burn less and get relief from eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
As we all know, good health is not just about the body, but is also about what goes in inside - and indeed illness is in large part a mental phenomenon. So being fully in your own power a an individual is all a necessary part of being healthy, regardless of the diet you eat and the physical exercise you take. For men, I would suggest that the absence of make initiation rituals in out society has led to a massive decline in emotional health. Whether or not you believe this, maybe you owe it to yourself to check out what rites of passage might do for your emotional and physical health?
Fats that Kill
We can divide the fats that kill us into four groups: (1) hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, (2) fried oils, (3) refined commercial vegetable oils, (4) hard fats and cholesterol.
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils include margarine, shortenings and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils that are used in junk foods, convenience foods, candies, confections, cookies, breads and other baked products. The EFAs in these products have been largely destroyed and converted into toxic products that increase cholesterol levels, and promote cancer and atherosclerosis. The largest group of these toxic substances, trans-fatty acids, makes up twice the amount of all other food additives combined.
Fried oils have been subjected to the destructive effects of light, air, (oxygen) and high temperatures. EFAs are destroyed in hundreds of different possible ways, resulting in a smorgasbord of toxic chemicals. Fried foods have been shown to increase both atherosclerosis and cancer. Frying is a health destroying practice, no matter what oil or fat is used. The more EFAs an oil contains, the more toxic it becomes when fried. For those unwilling to give up frying, small amounts of butter or tropical fat cause the least damage to health, but also provide no EFAs which must come from another source.
Small amounts of saturated fats are part of our natural
diet. Refined oils, fried oils, and partially hydrogenated oils found in
margarines, shortenings and convenience foods are unnatural food additives that
should be avoided. For health, we need both EFAs and many natural oil soluble
minor ingredients. The best sources of EFAs are seeds and nuts that contain them
in their natural, unspoiled form, along with protein, minerals, vitamins, fibre
and fresh, unrefined oils or oil blends carefully processed in the absence of
light and air, shelf-dated, and kept refrigerated in dark brown bottles.