Do we understand the metabolic and Replenish 911 physiological processes at play. In this article I’m going to take a quick look at dietary fat basics-the fat we derive from food-and see what we can learn from these facts.
First, what is fat. At its most basic, fat is a tryglyceride, which is a molecule of sugar glycerol bound to three fatty acids. There’s more than one kind though, and the variety depends on the length of the fatty acid chains, resulting in short to medium to long chain triglycerides. They also differ in the number of double bonds present, such that saturated fats found mainly in animals have none, monosaturated fats olive oil have one, and polyunsaturated fats fish oils, flaxseed have multiple. These differences affect how they’re absorbed, where they go, and what they do in your body.
But say you eat a nice, juicy bite of steak. What happens to that saturated fat. It goes right into your stomach with the carbs and protein, where bile secreted by your pancreas breaks it down. After they’re processed, dietary fats are turned into chlyomicrons which enter your lymphatic system, as opposed to everything else which gets sent to the liver as glucose.
It takes about 3 hours for these chlyomicrons to pass through your lymphatic system and reach your fat cells. There an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase LPL frees the fatty acids from the chlyomicrons, where they’re stored in the fat cells or taken into the blood to be used by your muscle or liver, depending on your current metabolic state as in, are you dieting or not.