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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


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Could omega-6 fatty acids help us live longer? – Medical News Today – 20-Mar-2018
Higher blood levels of linoleic acid tied to lower risk of death.
Linoleic acid is the most common polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid.
Omega-6 fatty acids may also promote low-level inflammation.
But also promotes anti-inflammatory compounds.
Finnish study analyzed data from nearly 2,500 men over 20 years.
43 percent lower risk of death between those with highest and lowest blood levels.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Prevents Cognitive Decline – Medical News Bulletin – 13-Mar-2018
110 elderly and generally healthy participants studied.
Some assigned diet where all vegetable oils were replaced with extra virgin olive oil.
Participants underwent two neuropsychological assessments.
Greater decrease in Alzheimer’s assessment test for those on extra virgin olive oil diet.
Quality of foods in the diet is more important than the size of the diet.

How dietary fat affects stem cell differentiation – Medical Xpress – 1-Dec-2017
Dietary fats are converted into lipids, which make up the membranes that surround all living cells.
Type of fat consumed may determine whether stem cells are converted into bone cells or fat cells.
The fats become robustly incorporated into the membranes of our cells.
Could dramatically change the composition and function of those membranes.
Provides insight into the many connections between dietary fats and a variety of clinical outcomes.

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