Investing in fat pays off

Pig In the ⅓ of the world’s population of humans which are starving or close to it, fat people do not exist. Fat is storage for when food is scarce. Nutrition is another project because small amounts of many elements and compounds are needed for good health. In our own ⅔ of the world’s population, many people are too heavy and far too many are actually obese. There are causes for our fat overload, and money to be made in urging us to put it on and lots of money to help us get it off. As I am saying, it pays (someone) to put it on us, and it pays (us and them) to take it off. Either way, we live on the fat of the land.

The energy we use comes from burning carbohydrates in the blood with oxygen in the blood. The oxygen comes from the air we inhale, and the carbohydrate is one simple sugar, glucose, which is mostly broken down other carbohydrate. Starches and complex sugars must be ‘digested’ to become the simple glucose, and all is well. All is well unless there is a surplus or a shortage of glucose which must stay within strict limits. Too much, and glucose is stored mostly as fat, too little and some stored fat is released to provide glucose. These mechanisms include insulin and glycogen from the Isles of Langerhans in the pancreas.

Back to fat and the ‘fat cats’ who profit as it goes on or comes off. First, we are certainly not saying that what comes under a chemical definition of fat is bad, for some fat is so good as to be an absolute necessity, as in the production of cholesterol, itself an absolute necessity and a lurking menace.

My rule is one page per blog, so I must stop. But I will return – 30 –

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~ by dkcrowdis on May 11, 2007.

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