• Fats


Perfect fuel for the brain.


Fat is not only a hi-grade energy supplier. It is also responsible for the natural feeling of being full. Besides protein, it is one of the most important macronutrients for regeneration of cells - and an important part of all ketogenic diets. Indeed, if all the body’s sugar stores have been exhausted, then the body turns to fat. Regardless of whether fat has been stored or just ingested, it is the basis for forming ketonic bodies, which in turn serve as highly efficient energy source, above all for the brain. But, which fats are especially suited for this, and which are less suited?

Animal fat, good Fat.

The most usable fats for the human organism are animal fats, for example, butter or the fat in a marbled piece of meat. Animal fats have been an expression of prosperity and well-being in all traditional cultures for thousands of years. Only in the western industrial nations fats have heavily lost the appreciation, thanks to the infame campaigns of the sugar and margarine industry over the last decades, and have even been falsly discredited for causing diseases. In the Time Magazine of June 2014, however, it says: Eat Butter! Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.

The fatty acids of animal fats contain especially many hydrogen atomes. That is, they are saturated resp. hydrogenated and thus deliver the most energy since the synthesis of the universal energy molecule adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) is limited by the availability of hydrogen ions or protons. At the same time, hydrogen ions have the best biological availability. This makes saturated fatty acids easy to digest and causes them to be treated differently when they are taken from the intestines than unsaturated fatty acids in which the polyunsaturated ones are easily oxidized and thus become ineffective. Animal fats, as well as some of the vegetable fats, such as coconut and palm oil, are absorbed and processed by the body quite differently than the majority of vegetable oils, most of which consist of unsaturated fatty acids.

High grade vegetable fats: coconut oil - palm oil - olive oil.

Coconut oil is one of the most valuable oils: due to its particularly high portion of medium-chain tri-glycerides (MTCs) saturated fatty acids. These can be taken up by directly the body without a detour via digestion and without the aid of lipo transport proteins such as chylomicrons . This means MTCs are taken up quickly and easily, and converted in the liver to ketonic bodies. Once they have been released into the bloodstream, the ketone bodies reach the brain comparatively rapid and deliver the required energy. Since coconut oil is also tasty and does not burn in the pan even at high temperatures, it is very versatile - and an important component of the ketogenic cuisine.

Olive oil is another high-grade oil. In a virgin olive oil, the major part consists of mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which have a positive effect on the cholesterol level. Since olive oil is very aromatic and is limited in its ability to withstand heat, it is best suited for Mediterranean salads and searing.

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