Moderate consumption of animal fats has a beneficial effect
Moderate consumption of animal fats has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular and nervous systems in general. Moderate consumption of animal fats reduces the risk of stroke and protects against arrhythmia, according to the latest research.
- There is a belief that fatty foods harm health, especially the heart and brain and blood vessels. Scientists still recommend fattier foods (especially bacon) in the daily menu, but in moderate quantities. Bacon was previously on the “black list” of many nutritionists, but scientific studies have proven that this food has a positive effect on health. It consists of various fats (saturated and unsaturated fatty acids including polyunsaturated omega-3, 6 and 9, oleic, linolenic, linoleic acid, etc.). The benefits of unsaturated fatty acids are that they protect against heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases. That is why doctors recommend the consumption of fatty fish, walnuts, sesame, avocados, flax seeds, olives and other foods that contain a lot of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated acids. Many of the good fatty acids are also in the composition of bacon, so today people consume it more.
- Bacon is also a rich source of saturated fats, which people perceive as “unhealthy fats” according to the stereotype. Saturated fats can be unhealthy if they are artificial trans fats (which are abundant in fast food), in margarine and other processed fat products. Trans fats are the main source of bad cholesterol (which leads to the formation of plaque in blood vessels). They also cause metabolic disorders (people quickly get used to fatty foods, so other foods seem unappetizing, while the consequences are metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, problems with the heart and blood vessels, oncology).
- There are natural saturated fats that have a beneficial effect on health (in contrast to artificial trans fats). These fats are in meat, bacon, milk, some vegetable products (for example, coconut oil promoted by supporters of a healthy lifestyle). Useful healthy fats help maintain good cholesterol and have a beneficial effect on the function of the thyroid gland.
- Bacon is best eaten on an empty stomach and in small portions – no more than 30 grams. Then this food has a beneficial effect on man. It cleans the blood vessels and protects them from the formation of arteriosclerotic plaques. Bacon also contains vitamins A, D, E, K important for health. They are useless without fat because fat helps these vitamins dissolve in the intestines and work for the benefit of the body.
- Fatty foods, bacon and, for example, sheep fat are very useful for the treatment of lung diseases. Animal fats stimulate the excretion of heavy metals, clean the vascular system, help fight infections and strengthen the antitumor functions of the immune system.
- Animal fats are useful because they strengthen the nervous system and balance hormones – saturated fats are structural components of cell membranes. Acids in animal fat protect the myelin sheath of nerve cells, and their deficiency can cause impaired transmission of nerve impulses.
- Animal fats also contain cholesterol, which the human body needs. Fats are the building blocks of steroid hormones. Human sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) are related to the level of cholesterol. Reducing the intake of fat in the diet can cause hormonal disorders (hypothyroidism, disappearance of the monthly cycle in women and low testosterone levels in men).
- Animal fats (for example, lard and sheep tallow) help build strong bones (because they are necessary for calcium metabolism). This mineral cannot be efficiently incorporated into the bone tissue without fat.
- Animal fats also participate in the synthesis of surfactants (lipid-protein mixtures that coat the lungs, making them elastic so that they can let in oxygen and ensure the breathing process). The amount of surfactant decreases with insufficient fat intake, and the lungs become vulnerable and unprotected from bacterial infections.
- The brain is the fattest organ in our body and could not function properly without fat. The brain is made up of 60% fat (most of which is docosahexaenoic acid DHA and omega-3 fats). Research has linked fatty acid deficiency to various psychiatric disorders (including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia). Fatty acids also help in maintaining the nervous, communication and protective functions of the body. The substance lecithin (which is in animal fats) improves the condition of the brain vessels, stimulates brain activity and prevents dementia.
- Fatty food paradoxically helps in losing weight. The famous Ketogenic diet is based on 70% fat, 30% protein, while carbohydrates are completely absent. Such a diet increases the level of ketones (a substance produced in the liver using fatty acids). The level of intoxication and inflammatory conditions decreases due to the high concentration of ketones in the body. Pathogenic microbiota is eliminated while the aging process is slowed down.
- Scientists say that people get fat from sugar, not fat. Just refined sugar and processed carbohydrates cause unhealthy weight gain (because excess sugar in the body causes insulin insensitivity). The body cannot consume all the sugar that a person consumes during the day. The body then stores excess sugar in the form of fat, and the excessive level of insulin in the blood leads to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders.
- Industrial foods with a low fat content are often high in sugar. If for any reason the fat is removed from the food, then the manufacturer should add “some additive” so that the food has a pleasant taste and satisfies the customer. That addition is often hidden sugar. Dietary food with little fat that contains sugar and starch has an unfavorable effect on the work of the heart. Scientific studies say that almost 75% of patients hospitalized for a heart attack have a normal cholesterol level, while the blood sugar level is elevated (most of such patients are diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes). Therefore, read the labels when buying products.
- Fats have a complex chemical structure unlike sugar. Fatty acids mobilize subcutaneous fat reserves using them as an energy source. Blood insulin levels normalize as a result (which helps control appetite).
- Scientists say that all animal fats should be eaten properly to have a positive effect on humans. For example, it is best to add raw vegetables seasoned with unrefined sunflower oil and natural apple (or grape) vinegar to a piece of fatty meat.
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