Traditional fats such as coconut oil and butter are high in saturated fats. Modern processed cooking oil such as corn and soybean oil, the new vegetable oils that are polyunsaturated, have only been in the food chain since World War II, and contain dangerous trans fatty acids.
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly becoming an international epidemic. The mainstream medical mantra for its underlying cause is “fat consumption.”
However, “fat” is a very general term and does not distinguish between traditional healthy fats and unhealthy modern processed fats and oils. The common belief is that saturated fat is the culprit in fatty liver disease, but a new study published in the July 4, 2017 European Journal of Nutrition comes to a different conclusion. (more…)
by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is defined medically as macrovesicular steatosis, or abnormal retention of lipids (fats) sufficient and large enough to distort or replace the nuclei of liver cells among those who consume less than 20 grams (.7 ounces) of alcohol per day.
NAFLD, unknown prior to 1980, has become our largest liver health issue nationally and throughout most industrialized nations. Fatty liver disease affects metabolism and usually manifests as obesity and insulin resistance, which are direct co-factors for type 2 diabetes. It can also progress to inflammation of the liver, or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), leading to cirrhosis.
Ironically, a saturated fat (virgin coconut oil) may prove to be the safest and most effective treatment for NAFLD according to a study published recently (September 2017) in the Journal of the Science and Agriculture of Food.
The study, “Virgin coconut oil reverses hepatic steatosis by restoring redox homeostasis and lipid metabolism in male Wistar rats,” noted in its background statement that more nutraceutical offerings are being sought for reversing fatty liver disease.
Recent Study Proving Virgin Coconut Oil Efficacy and Safety for Reversing NAFLD (more…)
Obese nondiabetic women who consumed 60 grams of whey protein per day1 (20 grams three times per day) for four weeks had a 20 percent reduction in unhealthy liver fat, 15 percent reduction in triglycerides, and seven percent reduction in total cholesterol.
Fatty liver is a major health problem in overweight individuals. Once white adipose tissue has too much in storage, excess fat builds up in the liver, and eventually in arteries and organs. I call this “fat in all the wrong places.” The liver is the primary metabolic factory in your body. Once it starts becoming clogged with fat, metabolism goes awry at the primary point of calorie distribution for your body. This causes many problems, including a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
Your liver factory runs on protein as a raw material. It is astounding that 60 grams of whey protein per day can unclog liver fat, reducing the buildup by 20 percent in just four weeks. As would be expected, improved liver health enables better triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, which will not only help weight loss but is also protective to the cardiovascular system.
The program used in this study is similar to my program for helping people jump-start their weight loss. I have seen this help many people over the years. I wrote about this basic strategy three years ago in Protein and Fiber – the Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss. You may want to give it a try if you are feeling sluggish, stuck, or struggle to get on a good weight loss trend.