» » Fat: It's Not What You Think

Download Fat: It's Not What You Think epub

by Connie Leas

Here is a refreshing antidote to the misleading hype surrounding the topic of fat — both the fat we eat and the fat we carry around. By explaining its biology and sharing the latest research, Connie Leas convincingly frees fat from its bad reputation. For example, she discusses how our much-maligned fatty tissue plays a critical role in maintaining health. Among other vital functions, it stores energy, produces hormones, builds cell membranes, bolsters immunity, and insulates our vital organs. The author also explains often-confusing terms such as triglycerides, polyunsaturated, omega-3, and trans-fat that are tossed around in the media, but which few people really understand. Having spent years researching this subject, Leas has transformed technical material from scientific research into a lively work of popular appeal. Chock full of useful — and sometimes startling — information, Fat: It’s Not What You Think is a valuable health resource presented in an accessible, entertaining format.
Download Fat: It's Not What You Think epub
ISBN: 1591026121
ISBN13: 978-1591026129
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Diets & Weight Loss
Author: Connie Leas
Language: English
Publisher: Prometheus Books (April 3, 2008)
Pages: 227 pages
ePUB size: 1351 kb
FB2 size: 1365 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 500
Other Formats: lrf lrf rtf docx

It's one thing to be lied to by the medical community for their monetary gain from the pharmaceutical companies, but when the falsehoods affect our lifespan and quality of life, somone needs to draw a line in the sand. That is exactly what Connie Leas has done in this book, by compiling decades of research on all types of fat and its effects.

Chapter by chapter, as I got farther into the book, the more angry I became. As a person who has fought a weight problem all her life, I realize now that the advice I was given and the diet I was told to follow did nothing but make and keep me fat.

Ms. Leas' book is a must-read for anyone interested in weight-loss, better health, the control and prevention of type 2 diabetes, and the food we put into our mouths. Some people may not want to know, and will prefer to live in ignorance. Unfortunately, they will pay the price. The rest of us will read this book, and finally understand why we're not as healthy as we'd like to be.
I have acquired a library of books on health and nutrition in my own attempt to understand the link between chronic degenerative diseases and diet. There is definitely a link between the low-fat, grain based diet of the last half of the 20th century and our current epidemic of health problems. Writers and researchers like Pollan, Plank, Taubes, Enig, Fallon and Simopolous are making landmark progress towards providing a more accurate understanding how our current diet leads to disease. It is important to understand this because we have been misled. Undoing that mis-education is no easy task. Who has time or wants to read all those books? More importantly, how many people have the background in biochemistry to understand it?

Leas' book makes it easy for anyone to have at least a fundamental grasp of the basics of fatty acid metabolism. She has condensed the works of over 20 reputable researchers and science writers into one book. When you finish her book, you will understand each of the various types of fatty acids in the diet and the unique and essential roles they play in managing our health. For a generation and a half, we trusted information that was not challenged until now. Anyone taking statins or those who think they have 'high' cholesterol, must read this book. After you read Leas' book you will want to make some major changes in your diet. Ones you did not think possible like drinking whole milk, eating eggs and using coconut oil. You may even come to regard crackers and rice cakes with the same contempt you once held for eggs and whole dairy. Keep the skin on the chicken and bake it in coconut oil; now you can enjoy whole real food again!

Thank you Connie Leas for your concise synopsis of information about fats. I now have something I can give to my clients to read that will help them let go of their fear of fat. The references in the back of the book are a great starting point for those who want more detailed information.
This book is amazing. It goes into detailed information about how our bodies use and need fat. It is a little scientific and hard to follow in some areas, but I read those parts again and had many 'aha!' moments. The only problem I had with it was it never tells you how you should eat to lose least not outright. Great read for our times.
A must read for anyone thinking of taking statins. xo
nothing special
This is a great book that summarises the work of some of the most important health books that have been released recently including those by Gary Taubes, Pollan, Nina Planck, Mary Enig, Sally Fallon, and others.

This book explains that:

- Your fat functions as an endocrine organ and releases hormones just like your thyroid gland or your pituitary gland.
- Fat is the primary building material for cell walls.
- Immunity is decreased when fat levels in the body are very low.
- Fat cells behave differently depending on where they are in the body.
- The BMI system puts many healthy people in the overweight category. A better measurement of obesity is hip to waist ratio and body fat percentage.
- A BMI of 25 (or 26 - 28) may be optimal for lowest mortality risk.
- Total cholesterol of 200 - 240 is in the normal range.
- All fats are a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats.
- Some saturated fats have anti-cancer benefits.
- Saturated fats have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
- Natural trans fats in butter are not harmful and are not the same as man-made trans fats.
- Low fat milk is linked with infertility in women as compared to women who drank whole milk.
- The only milk to choose is (possibly raw) whole milk as skim milks have whey protein and milk powders added.
- Your genes affect the impact food has on you and what you eat affects your gene expression.
- Free range and organic meats and eggs are the best choices.
- Eating saturated fat doesn't make you fat and doesn't hurt your heart or cause heart disease.
- Trans fat and saturated fat used to be lumped together in the reference information used to look at the links between different types of foods and health. Only recently have they been listed separately, as they should be. Doesn't that fact explain so much!

I had just a few minor quibbles with this book. It fence sits on some of the theories that Taubes pulled apart so clearly in his books such as the 'thrifty gene' and the concept of 'calories in, calories out' for example, which makes it not as clear (or accurate) as it could be on some issues which may confuse some readers. The book also comments that we need to eat 50% of out fat calories as saturated fat in order for calcium to be taken up by our bones, but then recommends that we eat only a third of our fat as saturated fat. The argument she makes about how obesity is genetic and so we can't do much about it was also poorly done; as surely what has changed is our environment and not our genes and the problem is the way our genes are reacting to our environment which is absolutely something we can do something about by changing what we eat and so on.

There were 5 or 6 small issues with some of the content, I thought. But by far the vast majority of the content of this book was just excellent.

This book is great if you are just after a very brief overview of this topic, it is a very easy and brief read.

I don't think I'd have properly understood all these issues quite as well without having read the books listed below first, as they each provide so much extra information and references, but this book is still an excellent introduction to this topic. It also contains some extra information that is not in any of these books.

If you'd like more information on why coconut oil is good for you, why the saturated fat/cholesterol = heart disease hypothesis is utterly dead scientifically speaking, and why a low fat, high carb and low calorie diet is not the best path to maintaining health or a healthy weight, see books such as Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage),Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol,Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats and Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck plus The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It.

This book explains that saturated fat sounds scary and gluggy and is often described as 'artery clogging' and 'not heart healthy' but the truth is very different. Saturated fat isn't saturated by some sort of horrific 'glop' but by hydrogen! The same element that is in water.

Saturated fats such as coconut oil are an important part of a healthy diet. We need to eat them to be healthy. As the author says in this book, stop fooling with fats and cook with butter and lard!

Don't believe all the anti-saturated fat and cholesterol hype. As this book explains, those myths continue purely for selfish personal reasons and because of the interference of vested interest groups in science.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)