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Avoid Processed Foods

Some facts about processed foods. The Standard American Diet (SAD) severely lacks nutrients due to the processed foods it includes. While lacking nutrients, to make matters worse, most processed foods contain … artificial colors, additives, flavorings, and chemically altered trans-fats, and sweeteners. Many of the claims on processed food packaging labels are

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Shift from Sugar to Lipid (Fat) Energy Metabolism

How long does it take our body to shift from “sugar energy metabolism“ to “lipid energy metabolism“?   It may take somewhere between four days to two weeks for the body to shift from sugar energy metabolism to lipid energy metabolism (using fat as primary fuel). The rate of

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How Do Ketone Testing Strips Work?

Ketones and ketosis are no mysteries thanks to ketone testing strips.   They are called KetoStix (the first brand name), Urine Test Strips, Reagent Strips, Ketone Testing Strips, or Lipolysis Test Strips.   Quick look at ketosis and ketones During ketogenic diet program, glucose is by design in short supply; in this state the

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Fat Metabolism

Step by step fat metabolism   1.   Bile salts emulsify dietary fats in the small intestine, forming mixed micelles. 2.   Intestinal lipases degrade tricylglycerols. 3.   Fatty acids and other breakdown products are taken up by the intestinal mucosa and converted into triacylglycerols. 4.   Triacylglycerols are incorporated with cholesterol and

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Omega-6 fatty acids

Omega-6 fatty acids are type of polyunsaturated (PUFAs) essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health, but the body cannot make them. We have to get them through food.   Along with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids play a role in brain function, and normal

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Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Benefits to heart health  Heart attack survivors supplementing with fish oils reduce their risk of another heart attack, stroke, or death. Regular fish consumption –once or more per week- lowers the risk of sudden cardiac event by 50 percent.   Omega-3 normalizes and regulates cholesterol triglyceride levels

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Types of Omega-3 Fats

The simplest omega-3 is called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is primarily the plant-based polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). A wide variety of plant foods contain small to moderate amounts of ALA. Flaxseed, chia, hemp, walnuts, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, mustard seeds, kale, romaine lettuce, summer and winter squash, and

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Cooking, Storage and Processing of Omega-3s

Cooking, Storage and Processing of Omega-3s   Omega-3 fatty acids are very susceptible to free radical damage. Oxidation of omega-3 fats limits their shelf life and their ability to provide us with the nourishment we need. Damage to the omega-3s in our food can be caused by

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What are Omega-3 Fats?

Omega-3s belong to a broader group of fats called polyunsaturated fats. The specific members of this group are called polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs. Unlike all other fats, PUFAs —including omega-3s— have at least two uniquely positioned “double bonds” in their chemical structure that make them more

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Fat Fighting Fat!

Fat Fighting Fat!   Omega-3 and Body Composition: The global epidemic of obesity is getting worse for children, adolescents, and adults alike. Not only are body weights climbing but we are also seeing more and more bulging waistlines, dangerous belly cavity fat surrounding our organs. Omega-3 fatty

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