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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #34 - "Transparent" Trans Fats (Oneness Raw)
August 29, 2015
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
"Transparent" Trans Fats (Oneness Raw)
Trans fats may actually qualify as the "Greatest Health Scam of the Century"!
And it's becoming very "transparent" that the increase in trans fats has lead to weird habits, binging, plastic surgery, and a formerly "buff" man slowly turning into a woman or vice versa.
The "transition" to trans fats started about 100 years ago, when the oil presses started to be invented. Since that time, there has been a dramatic increase in Heart Disease, Cancer, and Transgenders.
And just to be clear, it takes great courage to deal with being a Transgender and my heart goes out to each and every one of you.
The Oneness Raw Diet focuses on healthy fats that do the opposite of what trans fats will do - which is to support your hormones and cell membranes.
You see you the right fats or fatty acids are imperative for the "correct" function of your cell membranes.
The Bottom Line Being: Without healthy cell membranes, you will not have healthy cells and nothing works the way it is suppose to......like your hormones!
The Benefits of Trans Fats - LOL
The HookPolyunsaturated fats resemble a hook that you would use in order to catch a fish. These fats are considered the most unstable of the fats or fatty acids because of their molecular structure.
They are very fragile fats especially when they are heated and will go rancid easily. Well about a century ago, someone figured out how to stabilize these polyunsaturated fats with a process called hydrogenation.
This turns a fragile polyunsaturated oil like corn, soybean, or cottonseed into a trans fat that resembles a saturated fat like butter. These trans fats are unlike the original oil as they are hard, have higher melting points, and will stick together more easily.
They can now last longer and perform much better during cooking by giving baked goods a better texture like lard does naturally.
Unfortunately, a trans fat doesn't make your body perform any better. This fat has now become an artificial fat that serves no purpose in your body at all and will actually make your cell membranes more rigid as well as dysfunctional.
Because hydrogenated oils were created for a longer shelf life, that means they will last a very long time in your body as well.
Examples of trans fats are margarine, partially hydrogenated, hydrogenated, fully hydrogenated, and vegetable shortenings.
Until a few years ago, trans fats like margarine were actually promoted as a health food. Trans fats are prevalent in almost all commercially prepared foods and fast foods.
Trans Fats Food List
Are You Eating Plastic?The making of a trans fat involves putting hydrogen atoms in the wrong place and it's kinda like making plastic.
This industrial process typically begins with cheap refined oils (oils that have already been rendered toxic by the extraction process involving high temperatures and chemical solvents).
This oil is then subjected again to more heat (approx. 500 degrees F) along with intense pressure and at that point hydrogen is forced into the molecular structure of the oil.
This process also involves some sort of metal catalyst such as nickel. And as this catalyst bubbles up into the oil - it helps to "rearrange" the molecular structure of the fatty acid chain with the added hydrogen.
This creates either partially hydrogenated or fully hydrogenated oils. The molecules of this new product are now closer to plastic than an actual oil.
Once this process is done, this unnatural fat is deodorized with more chemicals and even dyed along with added artificial color to make it more appealing to potential customers.
Virtually, any oil can be hydrogenated. However, these "plastic" fats are usually made from soybean, cottonseed, corn, or canola oil.
Unfortunately, your body will be fooled by these "plastic" fats and then let them into your cell membranes where they will create much havoc.
The Dangers of Trans FatsOnce your cell membranes are made up of this type of fat - it becomes virtually useless. This can then lead to cell mutation or death.
Everything from energy production to inflammation production will then be affected.
Your nerve cells will not be able to properly transmit and receive the proper signals because these artificially created fats will prevent the transmission of electrical impulses within your body - which then affects your DNA.
You see your cell membranes must be healthy so that the correct messages can be sent to your DNA.
Also of concern, when trans fats increase in your diet - certain "essential" polyunsaturated fats will decrease namely your omega 3's. Trans fats also appear to interfere with your body's usage of omega 3 fatty acids.
This is important because fats like omega 3 help to reduce your risk of heart disease by decreasing inflammation.
Also your brain is comprised of 60 to 80% fat, so trans fats would have an adverse affect on this organ as Omega 3's are vital for brain development as well as brain function.
Trans fats are beginning to be linked to brain disorders such as ADD and ADHD.
The effect of trans fats on your cell membranes makes them interfere with insulin receptors that are responsible for the control of your blood sugar and this can lead to diabetes.
For insulin to do its job - your cell membranes must be healthy and permeable.
Another very possible danger of trans fats is that your cell membranes will not interact chemically anymore and your body's immune system may no longer recognize these body cells.
Your immune system will then start to attack these cells - leading to an autoimmune disease or cancer.
Trans fats also inhibit the absorption of vitamin K into bones which is essential for healthy bone formation - this can lead to osteoporosis.
Trans fats can also very easily increase abdominal fat and cause obesity. Trans fats may even be associated with the increased risk of fetal loss.
Bottom Line: When trans fats are absorbed into your cell membranes where healthy fats should be, this can irreversibly disrupt your cell membrane's function and the communication of that cell.
The "Other" Trans FatsTo add to the confusion that surrounds trans fats, there is a natural trans fat found in nature which is found in the meat and milk of ruminant animals.
However, this type of trans fat is perfectly safe. In fact, this type of trans fat could actually be beneficial to your health.
Animal based trans fats were once the only trans fats consumed, these days most of the trans fats in our diets come from artificially manufactured oils.
Unfortunately, there is yet another toxic trans fat that hasn't quite made the news yet - it's the kind found in vegetable oils or the refined oils.
You see it has been said that trans fats can also be created when unsaturated fats are cooked at high temperatures for too long - high heat can create "free" fatty acids as well as free radicals.
Excessive heat can damage the chemical alignment of unstable fats like safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc. and rearrange them into an unnatural configuration that is called a trans fat.
So even refined vegetable oils that do not "officially" make the trans fat list should be included - such as canola oil.
Canola oil is a rancid, bleached, and artificially colored oil - which is in everything these days. This oil is being sold as some sort of "healthy oil" and most people don't understand the process this oil must go thru just to make it edible.
This oil is processed from a hybrid form of the rape seed - it is exposed to great heat and lots of chemicals. Remember when you take an oil past its smoking point - you basically create a trans fat.
However, the main problem with the refined oils isn't so much the amount of trans fats that will be created, but the free radicals that will be created.
These oxidized oils will contain "deadly" free radicals. And there are reports of people landing in the hospital with a heart attack after consuming a meal that contained this type of oil.
These oxidized vegetable oils are even more toxic when heated - so don't inhale!
What Use to Be Right is "Now" Wrong?In 1921 the first heart attack was recorded - heart attacks were not a problem before that time. Remember these "artificial" trans fats or refined oils did not exist in our diets until this century.
And as the presence of these unnatural fats in the American diet increased so did heart disease along with cancer.
You see every cell in your body has a protective cell membrane that is primarily made up of fats and how your cells function will be determined by the quality of the fats in your diet.
Your cell membranes should also be interspersed with cholesterol, sugar molecules, and protein.
There are basically 3 types of fats or fatty acids that are suppose to make up your cell membranes - saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.
It's important to note that most foods will be a combination of all 3 of these fatty acids. Fatty acids are chemically made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen - arranged in a carbon chain.
Saturated fats are straight chains of carbon and hydrogen that are packed closely together. Saturated fat will be relatively solid at room temperature.
Examples of safe foods higher in saturated fatty acids are unrefined coconut oil, raw coconut cream, unrefined palm oil, organic cocoa butter, grass fed butter, grass fed ghee, pastured tallow, grass fed milk, and grass fed meats.
Monounsaturated are unsaturated fats that are missing 1 pair of hydrogen atoms which creates a kink or bend in the chain. This fat is liquid at room temperature, but solid in the refrigerator.
Examples of safe foods higher in monounsaturated fatty acids are unrefined olive oil, macadamia nuts, unrefined macadamia nut oil, organic avocados, unrefined avocado oil, organic almonds, organic pecans, ethical bacon, and pastured chicken fat.
Polyunsaturated are unsaturated fats that are missing more than 1 pair of hydrogen atoms and are the kinkiest of the fats. This fat remains liquid even when refrigerated because it cannot pack together very well.
Examples of safe foods higher in polyunsaturated fatty acids are organic sunflower seeds, organic walnuts, organic flax seeds, unrefined flax seed oil, and wild caught seafood.
And to ensure your body's ability to create high-quality cell membranes, you actually need to eat a decent amount of saturated fat - your cell membranes should be made up of approximately 50% saturated fat.
The Benefits of Saturated Fats
Saturated fat along with cholesterol is what gives your cell membranes integrity and form. Saturated fats help keep your cell membranes stiff yet still flexible.
The integrity of your cell membranes is very important because they separate the cells in your body from their outside world - they are the barrier or protector of your cells.
So why all the fear mongering around the consumption of saturated fats? Could it be that was the only way to get you to eat trans fats?
I Highly recommend watching this video in its entirety
The Essential PhospholipidsSaturated and unsaturated fats or fatty acids are incorporated into your cell membranes as compounds called phospholipids.
Your cell membranes are made up of two layers of these phospholipids that spontaneously line up to form a semi-permeable membrane.
And even though the structure and functions of the different phospholipids vary, each starts out with the same basic configuration - one head and two tails.
Essential phospholipids are the most important of the phospholipids that make up your cell membranes and are responsible for very important jobs that need to occur in your body.
One very important job of essential phospholipids is helping with the clotting of your blood and modulating the accumulation of red blood cells and platelets.
And one of the most important essential phospholipids is called PC or Phosphatidyl Choline. This phospholipid has a tail that is straight which is made from a saturated fat and the other tail is crooked which is made from a unsaturated fat.
The head and tails of this phospholipid act like a magnet. This magnet like substance attracts and repels which nutrients go into the cell and what wastes will leave the cell.
The saturated fatty acid tail is strong and seldom moves, but the crooked tail vibrates as it moves particles in and out of your cell membranes.
So it's the balance of these two tails that makes a big difference as it takes both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids for your cell membranes to work properly.
Unfortunately, trans fats have displaced the tails that make up your essential phospholipids and this has the effect of making your cell membranes much less permeable.
Thus your cell membranes can't vibrate nutrients into your cells or vibrate wastes out - which will eventually cause disease.
Yes, your cells should vibrate!
When I was going to college a few decades ago, I went to a campus doctor and a lump was found in one of my breasts. He then recommended that I consume lecithin.
I followed his advice and purchased a large jar of lecithin capsules and in a short time the lump went away.
I never really understood why lecithin worked so well - until now. Lecithin is a yellow-brownish fatty like substance that belongs to the group called essential phospholipids.
Lecithin contains the important essential phospholipid called PC or Phosphatidyl Choline. Phosphatidyl Choline and Lecithin are often used interchangeably.
One of lecithin's main jobs is acting as an emulsifying agent and food manufactures use lecithin for this purpose.
In your body, lecithin helps to emulsify and break up cholesterol which allows it to pass through arterial walls thus helping prevent cholesterol related problems.
It also has the ability to emulsify fats or oils which aids in their transportation throughout your body. Because lecithin plays such an important role in the metabolism of fats it helps to prevent fatty acid buildup in your liver.
Lecithin is also known to prevent the formation of gallstones and can even decrease Homocysteine levels.
Because lecithin contains PC it is able to supply choline for the manufacture of Acetylcholine which is a very important neurotransmitter needed for proper brain function.
Essential phospholipids maintain and promote the activity of many cell membrane bound proteins. Which is important because proteins serve as receptors for biologically active substances like hormones and neurotransmitters.
Lecithin also has potent antioxidant capabilities which can protect your cells from free radical damage.
And it may actually be the lack of lecithin or essential phospholipids like PC and not the lack of water which makes people look dehydrated or prune-like.
Without Lecithin or PC your cell membranes will become less fluid - therefore, less permeable.
Some of the best food sources of lecithin are Organ Meats like Brains or Liver, Egg Yolks, Meat, Fish Eggs, Fish, Whole Milk, Certain Seeds & Nuts, Some Whole Grains, and Soybeans.
The Monarch EffectThe Bottom Line: If your diet is loaded with trans fats, your body will only be able to make low-quality cell membranes that don't function very well.
Always remember your cell membranes regulate the substances that go in and out of your cells such as oxygen, water, minerals, and other nutrients required for the life of your cells.
Unnatural trans fats have the wrong shape and this will prevent the fitting together of various molecules into a dynamic and smooth structure.
Trans fats along with the refined vegetable oils create cell membranes that have lost their integrity by becoming rigid or weak.
Basically, these fats will interfere with important metabolic processes by taking the place of healthy fats that perform critical functions in your body.
When your body replaces healthy fats with "bad" fats - it creates havoc with the thousands of necessary chemical reactions in your body.
This is especially true for your thyroid gland as these "bad" fats are very damaging to your thyroid cell membranes.
Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that regulates your metabolism by releasing thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones regulate how your body operates in terms of the utilization of food and energy.
When your thyroid becomes compromised and produces too little thyroid hormone, your body will slow down. This can lead to fatigue and gaining weight without eating more calories.
When your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, your body will speed up. This can lead to feeling jittery and losing weight without even trying.
Basically, your thyroid hormones will tell all of the cells in your body just how busy they will be.
As a way to remember - just think of the healthy saturated and unsaturated fats as the King and Queen of your cell membranes. And they will "Rule" what happens inside of your cells and in your body.
Oneness Raw Recipe - Raw Vanilla Ice CreamThis is one of my very favorite raw food treats - raw ice cream! And it contains lots of healthy raw fats for your cell membranes.
This is just a basic vanilla recipe that you can alter as much as you need to as well as add in whatever sounds good to you.
You could try adding in some chopped macadamia nuts, pureed strawberries, etc.
Basic Raw Vanilla Ice Cream
Of course, all ingredients should be of the highest quality such as grass fed dairy, organic honey, and pastured eggs. That old saying always applies - You are what you eat!
Eat like Royalty,
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