Eating fat is not what’s making us fat!

By | September 6, 2013


There are countless bags of candy that print Fat Free! in bright, bold letters on the front of the package. But take a look at the list of ingredients and you’ll probably find the item to contain many different forms of refined, simple sugars.  And you might be alarmed at the amount of ingredients that you don’t recognize, can’t pronounce or studied in high school chemistry class.  When sugar is consumed it is digested and absorbed very rapidly and released as glucose right into the blood stream.  The same goes for the consumption of refined grains and some whole grains.  “Get this: Eating two slices of whole wheat bread could spike your blood sugar levels more than if you’d eat two tablespoons of pure sugar!”  When blood glucose levels become too high your efficient liver quickly converts the extra glucose to fat and sends the fat off for storage.  So the candy might not contain fat, but it can become stored fat quickly after entering the digestive tract, depending on how much goes down your gullet.  Conversely, when fat is consumed it must be broken down into fat globules in the stomach and then attached to a protein which forms a lipoprotein.  The lipoproteins are absorbed by the intestinal cells and are sent to travel through the entire lymphatic system before being released into the blood stream.  The digestion/absorption of fat is a longer process compared to the digestion/absorption of sugar and much of the fat can be used for fuel or other cellular functions before being converted into stored fat.

I love fat and eat it liberally.  Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, chicken skin & more!

Link source:  “7 Surprising Reasons to Give Up Wheat” By Leah Zerbe,