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Not All Fats Are Bad

08/01/2016
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Learn the difference and improve your health! 

When it comes to fat, the health experts have a lot to say. Unfortunately, some of it's confusing.  For years we were told that fatty foods like red meat and cheese were bad, and unsaturated fats found in plants and nuts were good. That is, unless the unsaturated fat from plants was hydrogenated (AKA Trans fats), then it was horrible. 

Even more head scratching are recent studies that question “the risks” from eating saturated fat.  I’ll leave the “fat debate” to the nutrition experts, but I think it’s safe to say that if you eat more fiber-rich foods, plant-based proteins, and fatty acids in fish than red meat and dairy products, you should be fine.

Fatty acids are one type of fat that is good for you that deserves more discussion. Fatty acids come in two varieties - long chain and short chain. The chain refers to the number of carbon atoms in the fatty acid and the length affects what it does in your body.  Long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), like omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and certain plant seeds, reduce LDL cholesterol and raise HDL, but they can’t pass easily into cells.  In contrast, short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), like acetate, propionate, and butyrate are small enough to be used by our cells as an energy source and can provide up to 10% of our daily energy requirement. SCFAs come from an unlikely source.

When we eat foods rich in dietary fiber, like Spirulina, the bacteria in our gut use it for food. SCFAs, like butyrate, are produced as a byproduct of that process. The cells in our colon are dependent on the SCFAs to stay healthy, and SCFAs also help control inflammation and blood sugar levels. 

A healthy diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish, as well as some meats, is a great source of the essential unsaturated LCFAs, like omega 3 fatty acid. Essential SCFAs can be obtained from our “good” gut bacteria and that can be ensured by consuming probiotics and fiber in our diet. You can also get more SCFAs by taking a probiotic supplement or by eating fermented foods like yogurt.

An even more efficient way to obtain fiber, probiotics, and essential fatty acids all at the same time is through a cobiotic like SuperBio.

SuperBio is a cobiotic because it provides nutritional benefits for the human consumer as well the probiotic bacteria in our gut. The Spirulina in SuperBio is the best food for probiotic bacteria, which promotes “good” bacterial growth and suppresses “bad” bacterial growth. 

SuperBio has a high fiber content to supercharge probiotic growth and stimulate the essential probiotic derived fatty acids, and the Spirulina in SuperBio contains other essential long and short chain fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, providing an all-in-one valuable dietary supplement.

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