You have probably heard to stay away from fats for a healthy diet. Unfortunately, that’s a myth. Here’s what you need to know about what and how much fat you should eat.
Fats, referred to scientifically as lipids, have been receiving a bad rap for years. Even though the volume has been lowered considerably by the conventional medical world, lipids just do not receive any respect. Allow me to do just that by explaining some newly discovered scientific facts that may allow you to pay a little respect to lipids.
You are made up of, on average, seventy trillion cells. Depending on each organ, cells have highly specific functions. A heart cell conducts electrical activity so as to be able to, in a synchronous manner, contract sixty to seventy times a minute every day for a lifetime.
Each of your seventy trillion cells is comprised of a cell membrane, which completely forms the boundaries of a cell, and a nucleus located in the center, which contains all of the genetic information required by the cell. The nucleus is suspended in a gel-like maze known as the cytoplasm. You can refer to a graphic interpretation of one cell, keeping in mind that you have about seventy trillion others.
The nucleus of a cell is the repository of information. It is the equivalent of a library or, in modern-day cyber language, the hard drive of a computer. As a hard drive, it may store information, but it is the cell membrane that acts as the keyboard. It supplies the directions and commands for all cell function. We need to talk about caring for the cell membrane in a way that ensures that Phospholipid bilayer Cell Cell membrane Phospholipid (Transport protein) Protein Channel Globular protein Glycoprotein Cholesterol Peripheral protein (Integral) Globular protein Filaments of cytoskeleton Surface protein (Integral protein) Alpha-helix protein Nucleus Extracellular fluid Cytoplasm Hydrophobic tail Hydrophilic head Carbohydrate Glycolipid those commands remain accurate, or it can result in cells that cannot function effectively because the membrane cannot function optimally.
Let’s go back to those seventy trillion cells with the newest revelation that there are seventy trillion cell membranes that act as the keyboard to direct all the function within a cell. Each cell membrane is constructed as a bilipid membrane with one row of fatty acid comprising the outer membrane and another row of fatty acid comprising the inner membrane.
A fatty acid has a head at one end and two legs at the other. The outer layer of fat is oriented so that all the heads are facing to the outside of the cell. The inner layer of fatty acids is oriented with the heads pointing toward the inside of the cell.
All the legs of both the outer and inner leaflets of the cell membrane extend toward each other and closely approximate directly contacting one another. The composition of those leaflets is comprised of specific fats in equally specific quantities. Only when that specificity is achieved will the message sending of the cell membrane work flawlessly.
There are two main groups of fatty acids. One group is classified as omega-6, and the other group is known as omega-3. They are collectively referred to as “essential fatty acids” because they are not made by the body and must be supplied through the diet.
If the diet lacks any specific essential fatty acid of either the omega-6 or omega-3 group, the cell membrane cannot function optimally. In a very real sense, your keyboard sends confusing and unintelligent commands to the cell. It is your diet and the quality and quantity of the individual essential fatty acids that will determine the construction of your keyboard. It will be up to your daily fat consumption in the foods you select that will allow or inhibit the cell membrane to provide the messaging that will permit the cell to work as it was intended. If you do not, cell functions are disturbed, and the foundation for disease is laid.
Your seventy trillion cells are hardly immortal. They die off with varying speed. Some cells die off rapidly and are replaced by new cells rapidly. The cornea of the eye, for example, turns over every twelve hours. The cells of the lining of the gut have a life cycle of approximately thirty-six hours. Large nerves in the body have a life cycle of approximately ninety days. It is accurate to say that, at a minimum, you turn over at least seventy trillion cells every ninety days.
It is to be marveled that such a seamless replacement process occurs. How precise the replacement process will be is an enormous responsibility on your part with the diet you construct for yourself. The replication of your cells is a function of the nucleus and will occur without much ill effect produced by your diet selection. You only need to provide adequate calories to supply the energy for the cell to divide.
Once the DNA replication process begins, it is computer programmed to complete that process without any external forces that will alter it. The real potential for a problem is the fact that you turn over seventy trillion cell membranes every ninety days also. You will have to provide the raw material in the form of the essential fatty acids that are consumed through your dietary choices to make sure the construction of your seventy trillion keyboards are able to deliver commands to the cell function without error.
The “fat scare” era of the previous century and the remnants of it that remain to this very day are counterproductive. Of the foods that you consume in your diet, the fat content is by far the most important. Eliminating fat from the diet will result in cell dysfunction and disease. If you suffer from a disease, as long as that disease is not genetic, you can only recover by correcting the composition of your keyboard, otherwise known as your cell membrane, by consuming healthy fats in your diet.