Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sup with saturated fat?

Anna and I have been enjoying the tasty benefits of So Delicious' Coconut Milk (if you haven't picked up a carton- run along to the store now). I know many of you read nutrition labels and if you don't know this little tidbit about Medium Chain Fatty Acids (a saturated fat), you might gawk at the label. The FDA (do not agree with 95% of what they do or say) and some cardiologists make us scared of a saturated fat, but you need to know there are animal saturated fats (super scary) and plant saturated fats (very polite, kind).

Note: I'm only using the term "super scary" because I'm hilarious. Poultry and fish and leeeaaann beefs do not contain a lot of saturated fats. Think about fatty meats (sirloin) and butter, heavy cream, 2% milk. As always, everything in moderation! Basically, you should think, "how active is my protein source" before buying. Cows (not very by FDA/USA standards) to fish (very, very active). The more active your protein is, the fewer bad fats it will have. This is a statement I just thought of, well, because I'm a genius.

Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) are nothing to be scared of. Look, I will draw you one: C6H12O2 (caproic acid)

Lauric acid: C12H24O2

Your body breaks down and utilizes the animal vs plant saturated fats in two different manners.
Animals saturated fats (baaad)
  • animal fat (mostly saturated) is solid at room temperature
  • long chain fatty acid=stored in your arteries for blockage
Plant saturated fats (good)
  • Medium chain, broken down and used for energy
  • also supports immune system
  • also found in nuts, seeds (pecans, macadamia, etc)

Coconut milk is praised by many cultures for its healthy, healing values. You can research it yourself, as there is a laundry list of "pluses" on the coconut side.
If you have any questions, please ask. I like information session blogs. I think the next topic should be strength training and why EVERYONE NEEDS IT!! That would be Anna's info session/area of expertise!
Have a coconutty day!

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