Fats 101

My goal is to live young, and die young as late as possible. 

The diseases that haunt us - which age us before our time - are metabolic in nature, and can be avoided by proper nutrition. One of the most important elements in metabolic health is the fat we consume. Of the three macronutrients—carbohydrates, proteins, and fats—carbohydrates and proteins are processed within a 24-hour cycle. Fats stay with us for up to three years.

In this three-part series, we’ll talk about fat, its role in the body, and how we can make our bodies more efficient and disease resistant. Let’s start with the basics…

 

FATS 101

Long chain, short chain, Omega 3s, 6s and 9s…saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated…

Confused about fat? How do you know what’s right and wrong for your body…and how do you make sure you are getting the right kind – and the right amount – for optimal health?

 

What is Fat?

Fats – part of a group of water-insoluble substances called ‘lipids’ – are defined by the combination of fatty acids they store. These fatty acids provide the body with energy, the materials to build cell membranes, and facilitate a variety of functions such as regulating inflammation and releasing hormones, making them ‘essential’ to how our bodies function.

The Chemistry

Fatty Acids

When we talk about the benefits of fats, we're actually talking about the benefits of the individual fatty acids, though that's not how we experience the molecules in nature. Fat molecules consist of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule. Typically, a fat molecule has a mixture of fatty acids—long, short, and various degrees of saturation.

All fatty acids are made up of a chain of carbon atoms with added pairs hydrogen atoms. How many of pairs of atoms and their length (short, medium or long chain) determine the types fatty acids and their properties:

 

 

Unsaturated fats only come in long chains, and are generally found in nuts, vegetable oils, and fish. The higher the degree of unsaturation, the more biologically active the fatty acid becomes.

 

Balance is Everything

To thrive, our bodies need Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and, because our bodies can’t produce them, they rely on a regular supply through our diet. The problem is that many of us consume too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3 to meet our body’s daily requirements.

Like everything in life, balance is important.

 

It’s Easy with Alpha Balance™

With natural, supplement-level Alpha Balance, it’s easy to give your body all the essential ingredients for optimal cellular metabolism, everyday. For best results, use it in cold food preparation, and drizzled over cooked food. Can also be used for light frying or baking.

 

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