Blog Make Over

So I´m making a few changes to my dear blog. This one will from now on be focused on design and fashion related topics, such as my work for example, and I´m moving all of my “nutrition, feminism, save the world posts” to my new blog The Bell Pepper Blog. So if you´re interested in anything in that area please follow me there! 🙂

Oh, and I apologize for the mess on this blog while I´m reconstructing it. 🙂

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Fat phobia


Another medical article has been published showing that the fear of saturated fats is highly exaggerated, and the over consumption of carbohydrates is what we really need to worry about. This general misconception of fat being bad for you is based on a poorly made study from the 1960´s conducted by Ancel Keys, where he claimed the results showed saturated fats were connected to cardiovascular diseases. Modern science and more importantly; basic knowledge of physiology claims the opposite though, fat is essential for our cells to function properly and carbohydrates, well they just taste good, without really bringing anything of value to our bodies. However this fat myth is being kept alive by several institutions still as most countries economy depends on selling agricultural products, and if people cut down on the starch, bread, potatoes, pasta, they would obviously loose a lot of money. It´s a sad fact but money rules the world.

To read the whole article, click here:

The Netherlands Journal of Medicine: Saturated fat, carbohydrates and cardiovascular disease

 

The swedish diet (apparently)

This woman, Erin Fray, is so full of crap I don´t know wether to laugh or cry. This is not “the swedish diet” I can assure you. We´re big on eating natural healthy food and exercise, not drinking liquid sugar with some added herbs to loose weight. I think my favorite part is (around 25 minutes in) when she talks about the woman who tried the diet and ended up getting married (and she gives a big emphasis on that one, as we all know, marriage is the epitome of success) and had a fairy tale happy ending. So if you´re out there and you´re an unhappy single, try the swedish diet, loose those extra pounds that surely are what keeps you´re dream guy from falling madly in love with you, and you can end up getting maaarrrieeed too!!!

The second part with Karen Pendergrass is very good though, interesting and informative. You can just fast forward through the fad diet bullshit in the first half if you like me feel like you´re intelligence is dropping just by listening to it.

Listen to the interview here

Big fat lies

Let´s start the week off with a little lesson on fat including the much misunderstood saturated fats. Fat is an essential nutrient for our bodies, meaning the cells in your body need it to function properly. There´s alot of talk about your brain needing carbohydrates but the fact is your brain needs fat and a little bit of glucose which can be converted in your liver from fat and protein. (I know at least my brain works a lot better without alot of carboyhydrates messing up my blood sugar levels, making me tired and unfocused.) Fat is also needed for the uptake of vitamins A, D, E and K, which are important for you eye sight, your skeleton, your skin and mucous membranes among other things.
And last but not least fat does not make you fat, anymore than sugar makes you sweet or greens make you green.

There´s one type of fat that should be avoided though, the industrial transfats:

Some interesting info on the making of margarine, that is recommended as a “healthier substitute” for natural butter:

Hydrogenation: This is the process that turns polyunsaturates, normally liquid at room temperature, into fats that are solid at room temperature—margarine and shortening. To produce them, manufacturers begin with the cheapest oils—soy, corn, cottonseed or canola, already rancid from the extraction process—and mix them with tiny metal particles—usually nickel oxide. The oil with its nickel catalyst is then subjected to hydrogen gas in a high-pressure, high-temperature reactor. Next, soap-like emulsifiers and starch are squeezed into the mixture to give it a better consistency; the oil is yet again subjected to high temperatures when it is steam-cleaned. This removes its unpleasant odor. Margarine’s natural color, an unappetizing grey, is removed by bleach. Dyes and strong flavors must then be added to make it resemble butter. Finally, the mixture is compressed and packaged in blocks or tubs and sold as a health food.

Partially hydrogenated margarines and shortenings are even worse for you than the highly refined vegetable oils from which they are made because of chemical changes that occur during the hydrogenation process. Under high temperatures, the nickel catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to change position on the fatty acid chain. Before hydrogenation, pairs of hydrogen atoms occur together on the chain, causing the chain to bend slightly and creating a concentration of electrons at the site of the double bond. This is called the cis formation, the configuration most commonly found in nature. With hydrogenation, one hydrogen atom of the pair is moved to the other side so that the molecule straightens. This is called the trans formation, rarely found in nature. Most of these man-made trans fats are toxins to the body, but unfortunately your digestive system does not recognize them as such. Instead of being eliminated, trans fats are incorporated into cell membranes as if they were cis fats—your cells actually become partially hydrogenated! Once in place, trans fatty acids with their misplaced hydrogen atoms wreak havoc in cell metabolism because chemical reactions can only take place when electrons in the cell membranes are in certain arrangements or patterns, which the hydrogenation process has disturbed.
(http://www.health-report.co.uk/saturated_fats_health_benefits.htm)