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Basics of fat in your diet
Brain cannot use energy from fat cells – only glucose.
Fat can get converted – gluconeogenesis.
How Fat Cells Work – HowStuffWorks
Researchers find way to convert bad body fat into good fat – Medical Xpress – 19-Sep-2017
New study identified a way to convert bad, white fat into good, brown fat, at least in mice.
White fat stores calories and pads our bellies, hips and thighs. In contrast, brown fat, found near our necks and shoulders, burns calories through a process that generates heat.
The researchers found that blocking the activity of a specific protein in white fat triggered the fat to begin to brown into beige fat.
Aim of the research is to find a way to treat or prevent obesity.
Why diet with olive oil is tied lower heart disease risk – Reuters – 13-Feb-2017
Mediterranean diet with added olive oil may be tied to a lower risk of heart disease at least in part because it helps maintain healthy blood flow and clear debris from arteries
Mediterranean diet rich in virgin olive oil improves the function of high-density lipoproteins (“good” cholesterol)
Dietary antioxidants may bind to HDL particles and protect them.
296 older adults at risk for cardiovascular disease were randomly assigned to one of 3 diets.
Taste for high-fat food in our genes – BBC News – 5-Oct-2016
Some people are genetically wired to prefer the taste of fatty foods
One in 1,000 people carry a defective version of MC4R gene which controls hunger.
Having a defect in the MC4R gene means hunger can become insatiable.
Our brains can detect the nutrient content of foods
Cut Fats or Carbs? Result in Similar Weight Loss – MedPageToday – 4-Feb-2016
6 monnth study of over 200 overweight women.
Average weight loss was 7kg and 2 point reduction in BMI.
Similar weight loss on both types of diet.
Higher fat diet that with 40g of walnuts per day lowered bad cholesterol levels.
Lower fat diet reduced overall cholesterol but also good cholesterol levels.
Major differences found between affects of saturated fat and trans fat – BMJ – 12-Aug-2015
Meta study of 41 research papers concludes that saturated fats are not associated with all cause mortality, CVD, CHD, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes.
However, trans fats are associated with all cause mortality, total CHD, and CHD mortality
Trans fats are industrially produced via hydrogenation to make them solid and can be found in some processed foods such as biscuits and cakes.
Component in extra virgin olive oil Kills Cancer Cells – Molecular & Cellular Oncology – 23-Jan-15