Fats are important building blocks of the cells in the body. Cell membranes are made of a lipid bi-layer which consists of phospholipids, glycolipids, and cholesterol. This bi-layer regulates what can move in and out of the cell. Quality fats are needed to build the lipid bi-layer of the cell. A poor or low-fat diet will not provide the tools needed to create and maintain healthy cells. When rancid or hydrogenated fats are consumed, the body will use these fats to make up the cell wall which leads to a weakened cell. Weakened cells lead to a myriad of health issues.
Certain types of fatty acids are a critical fuel source, essential for hormones, managing inflammation & anti-inflammation and are required for fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Also maldigested fats become a form of assault on the small bowel, leading to leaky gut, food sensitivities, and ultimately increases our risk for Autoimmune conditions.
JENNIFER SWEENIE, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Chef