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FACTS ON FAT

Posted Apr 08 2011 3:47pm

Fast food and most processed foods are high-fat food. Eating them is the worst thing you can do to your weight and your health.

Fat does not satisfy hunger, so you overeat and become obese. Thus, when you eat fat, you take in calories, but your stomach remains empty and you are still hungry and you eat more fat to fill the stomach.

Fat raises insulin levels. Too much insulin leads to many disease states, including anger and mood swings, fat deposits in the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes. The excess insulin also drives fat into cells, prevents fat from being released from cells and makes you chronically hungry. When this happens, you body will not release fat stores even when you restrict your calorie intake and exercise.

Fat raises blood cholesterol. The two major types of fat and how it affects cholesterol levels.

SATURATED FAT-in whole milk, high fat meat. Eg: poultry with skin, sausage, ribs, bacon, steak, increases "BAD" LDL and lowers "GOOD" HDL. These increase the risk for heart disease.

TRANS FAT-a hidden and toxic type of fat that can be found in some of the same foods as saturated fat, eg: vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods and other processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils increase free radicals in the blood and suppress the immune system. Heart attack victims often have high amount of trans fats in their blood.

FAT attacks our DNA & Immune System. Fat increases the free radical count in the body. Free radicals attack our DNA and can lead to immune dysfunction, including cancer. They can also lead to hardening of the arteries, heart disease, diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, wrinkled skin and premature ageing.

FAT can lead to sudden death. Fatty meal increases the chance of a heart attack within an hour to ten hours after eating. The fat makes the blood cells clump and clog the arteries, literally shutting off some of them. Research shows that many heart attack victims can recall a fatty meal preceding their heart attack.

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