Fat Addition: Speaking at the Academy of Sciences, New York, Takeshi Hirayama, from the Institute of Preventive Oncology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1990 said that “the key problem of the twenty-first century would belong to the dependency, and will require the establishment of a new science: The science of addiction. What are the dependencies? I will get to the end of the list: “nicotine, heroin, alcohol and fatty foods.”
Fat Addition: Staggering Figures
It is reported that in United States:
- Each day more than 4000 people have a heart attack,
- One in two adults is obese,
- A new diabetic person is diagnosed every fifty seconds,
- Half of the population over forty years suffers from hypertension,
- One in three cancer patients dies.
- Each of these problems is directly related to the amount of fat consumed in the daily diet.
Fat Addition: Just Like Tobacco?
In the 70s, a French physician, Dr. Christine Hennebique-Flament, made a shocking statement: “The need for fat and sugar is an addiction just like smoking!” The dependence of sugar, has already been spoken about, but fat addiction?
Several studies have shown that excessive intake of fat accounted for over 20% of total calories, coupled with physical inactivity after eating, promoted the accumulation and stagnation of body fat in the blood. This accumulation of fat in the blood causes an alteration of the electric charge in red blood cells, the carriers of oxygen and glucose, and causes a serious phenomenon, called agglutination, in which red blood cells stiffen and stick together in irregular masses and can no longer separate and clog the capillaries.
This causes a serious slowdown of the microcirculation, a significant deficiency in the tissues of oxygen, glucose and other nutrients, and degradation of early red blood cells.
According to experts in the field, it is harmful for the spleen, whose filter is more sensitive to the deformations of red blood cells for the heart, and is easily affected by disorders of blood circulation to the cells, where oxygen deficiency is a precipitating cause of cancer, and this contributes to anemia. However, the organ where the slowdown of the microcirculation has the most devastating and immediate impact is unquestionably the brain, which consumes 25 times more oxygen and 30% more glucose than all other parts of the body and whose sensitivity to any deficiency is extreme.
We are now close to understand how and why ‘the need of fat’ is an addiction just like the tobacco, which can also deprive the brain of oxygen.
How to Overcome Fat Addiction?
For our wellbeing, the last frontier to conquer the disease of fat is food. How?
- First, we must assimilate the millennium biblical prohibition to not to eat any animal fat, including the lard, tallow sheep and beef and all animal fats (chicken, goose, duck, whale, herring, and cod) should be banned. The practice of using animal fat is common in the fast food industry that produces pellets and patties of meat with chicken fat or beef added, and where the meat, fish and vegetables can be fried in beef , pork or horse fat.
- Secondly, we must drastically reduce our consumption of invisible fats. In an urgent appeal to fight against cardiovascular disease, it was stated that the elimination of dairy products, eggs, and meat consumption should be strictly limited and so should the other sources of saturated fat, which are undesirable.
- In a third step, it is unnecessary to turn to the polyunsaturated oils, thinking they will neutralize the saturated fats. The only “neutral” oil which has been proven over the millennia is mono-saturated virgin olive oil, which does not go rancid and does not cause cancer or atherosclerosis. Consumed in moderation as part of a diet rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, it is a good source of iron and gives you an enviable longevity.
Neither too little nor too much
There is actually a minimum limit set at 2% fat calories of fat and the upper limit set to 20% of calories. This maximum limit should not be crossed if we are to avoid the diseases of fat.