Amarillo Chiropractic Clinic Discusses Fat

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Let’s start with some facts about fat.

noun /fat/
fats, plural

A natural oily or greasy substance occurring in animal bodies, esp. when deposited as a layer under the skin or around certain organs
A substance of this type, or a similar one made from plant products, used in cooking
The presence of an excessive amount of such a substance in a person or animal, causing them to appear corpulent

What exactly causes fat?

“Fats play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair, insulating body organs against shock, maintaining body temperature, and promoting healthy cell function.

Fats also serve as energy stores for the body, containing about 37.8 kilojoules (9calories) per gram of fat.[3] They are broken down in the body to release glycerol and free fatty acids. The glycerol can be converted to glucose by the liver and thus used as a source of energy.

Fat also serves as a useful buffer towards a host of diseases. When a particular substance, whether chemical or biotic—reaches unsafe levels in the bloodstream, the body can effectively dilute—or at least maintain equilibrium of—the offending substances by storing it in new fat tissue. This helps to protect vital organs, until such time as the offending substances can be metabolized and/or removed from the body by such means as excretion, urination, accidental or intentional bloodletting, sebumexcretion, and hair growth.
While it is nearly impossible to remove fat completely from the diet, it would also be unhealthy to do so. Some fatty acids are essential nutrients, meaning that they can’t be produced in the body from other compounds and need to be consumed in small amounts. All other fats required by the body are non-essential and can be produced in the body from other compounds.” – Wikipedia

The fat that we commonly refer to as “fat” is adipose tissue. I can tell you from my dissection of a cadaver in chiropractic school that adipose tissue has the appearance of scrambled eggs. In fact, my gross anatomy experience made me unable to eat scrambled eggs for several years due to the strong resemblance. It was….well….gross! Adipose fat is the body’s way of storing energy for long periods of time. My body, for example, has been storing fat for years!

Unsaturated vs. Saturated Fat

Saturated (the kind to minimize) is mainly animal fat or the fat that you would find in food that is more solid like butter, lard, dark chocolate, cheese, some nuts and seeds, and processed meats.

Unsaturated fat (the kind you want) is mostly found in less solid forms. Foods like olive oil, mixed nuts dry roasted, cashews, peanuts, macadamia, pecans, almonds, brazilnuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts, peanut butter, vegetable oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, corn oil, etc…

Here are some very simple rules that you can follow when it comes to fat:

Trans Fat – DON’T EAT IT
If it comes from the ocean or a field, it’s most likely good for you in moderation.
Pick mainly unsaturated fats when choosing your meal.
Most animal fat is saturated so do not overdo things like steak and red meat or dairy products.
If your product has high fructose corn syrup in it, chunk it in the trash.

And, in the end, it’s really pretty simple. You will grow in size if you take in more calories than you burn. It’s math and it’s simple. Either exercise or cut down on how much you eat.
Or, better yet, do both!