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April 7, 2010

The Importance of Eating Fat

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , , , , , , — Mara @ 4:33 pm

To add to the recent discussion of the benefits of dietary fat, here is a quick list from gutsense.org of the problems humans of a low-fat diet may encounter. More specifically, this site recommends animal fats, as they are more stable, less likely to be rancid, and therefore less likely to contain trans fats. My favorites from the list are cellulite, constipation, obesity, and osteoporosis – I sure don’t want any of those things!

The picture to the left is from a book about the benefits of animal fat. Check out this review and interview from salon.com.

In a nut shell: eat your bacon!

People who don’t consume adequate amounts of [animal] fat regularly may develop the following disorders:

  • Constipation, because dietary fat is a primary stimulant of the gastrocolic reflex.
  • Gallbladder disease, because dietary fat is the sole stimulus for the release of bile. If bile isn’t regularly released from the gallbladder, bile salts may form gallbladder stones.
  • Acute cholecystitis, because unused bile salts or gallbladder stones may obstruct the hepatic (bile) ducts — the outlet tubes that connect the liver to the gallbladder and duodenum.
  • Weight gain and obesity, because dietary fat is a primary substance behind the control of satiety, hunger, and appetite.
  • Enterocolitis (inflammatory disease of the small and large intestine) because underutilized bile causes inflammation of the intestinal mucosa and diarrhea.
  • All forms of bone and joint diseases (tooth loss, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rickets, scoliosis, and osteomalacia, rheumatoid arthritis), because dietary fat is essential for absorption of vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium in the small intestine.
  • Rapid vitamin D deficiency and all related disorders, because an absence of dietary fat prevents the absorption of dietary vitamin D and reabsorption of the endogenous vitamin D secreted with bile.
  • Heart disease and hypertension, because vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium regulate contraction and relaxation of smooth (blood vessels) and cardiac (heart) muscles.
  • All kind of skeletal muscular disorders, such as fibromialgia, for the same reasons as above.
  • Blood disorders, because dietary fat is essential for absorption of dietary vitamin K a coagulation factor, and because essential fatty acids are required in the “manufacture” of blood cells.
  • Impaired immunity, night blindness, and skin disorders, because dietary fat is essential for absorption of vitamin A.
  • A broad range of cognitive dysfunctions, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory disease, infertility, amenorrhea, nerve damage, cancers, and other conditions, related to acute deficiency of essential fatty acids.
  • Cellulite and other skin disorders, related to overconsumption of vegetable fats to satisfy cravings while avoiding animal fat.
  • Undesirable exposure to unstable trans and rancid fats in all vegetable oils, which are considered the primary triggers of inflammatory diseases (digestive, cardiovascular, atherosclerosis, joints, asthma), and cancer.

November 26, 2009

Crossfit Break Up???

Filed under: real talk — Tags: , — joshuaeller @ 1:07 pm

Very interesting news on the Crossfit, Inc. front. Robb Wolf, the resident diet guru has been fired.  You can read his account of the happenings here.  Another take, and one that corroborates Robb’s story, from the highly esteemed Olympic lifter Greg Everett can be found here.

So, you might say, someone got fired.  Big deal.  Maybe, and maybe not.  It is important to keep in mind that there is a difference between the philosophy of Crossfit and the growing corporate juggernaut that is Crossfit, Inc.  From the beginning, the philosophy has always been open to argument and criticism.  This latest tangle seems to suggest that the corporate entity is not following a course of action that is consistent with it’s own stated philosophy.  This could have huge consequences for the business of Crossfit.

What is equally fascinating is the lure that these proceedings have for me.  Through the web, I have become attached to and a devoted follower of a movement and of people whom I’ve never met.  I have carefully followed the development of the company, which is now growing globally, and seen its effects in my own life and that of my friends.  However, amid all of this success, I’ve expected this kind of division. The entire enterprise is growing too rapidly and too large to avoid these kinds of occasional skirmishes.  Hopefully it will leave all parties better off than they were.

The important thing is that local gyms keep their heads down in the trenches doing the good work that they’ve started.  In my opinion, the Crossfit philosophy is sound, and will continue to revolutionize fitness, regardless of what Crossfit, Inc. decides to do on a corporate level. Somehow, that last sentence sounds as though I don’t appreciate what the Glassmans have done.  I do.  I don’t think firing Wolf was a good move, but I’m still grateful to Crossfit, Inc. for bringing health to me  that I would never have found any other way.

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