The Fat Truth

In adult hood, the number of fat cells don’t increase. The fat cells just become more and more crammed. Fat certainly has it’s role in the body for overall health, but too much fat is unhealthy.

Why?

Insulin is the storing hormone, and insulin opens up the cell to store glucose. Are toxins actually stored in our fat? Persistent Organic Pollutants remain in our fat cells. (POP)

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs for short) are chemicals that don’t break down easily. In other words, once they’re in your body, they’re staying there for a while. POPs include…

  • DDT, an insecticide that was used until around the 1970s in the US and is still used in many developing countries.
  • Hexachlorobenzene, a fungicide used on various different crops.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls, used in paint and building materials.
  • Dioxins, chemicals that are given off from burning garbage.

(There are a bunch more, but this gives you an idea of how many different sources of POPs are all around us)

POPs are everywhere in the modern food supply, and researchers used to think that our major route of exposure was through food. But more recent research has also shown that environmental exposure is just as big of a problem.

 

A study published in 2012 by Environmental Health Prospective (PMID: 23221922) proved how POP’s remain in our fat cells. Once the fat cells are broken down, POP’s are released through feces, so they’re not absorbed in the body.

Our bodies store POP in fat cells, and  losing a lot of weight can release toxins into our bloodstream. It’s important to consume antioxidant rich foods and fiber to help rid the body of toxins. It’s also important not to eat a lot of animal fat because animal fat stores toxins as well. Plant fats are much healthier for our bodies and a great source of omega-3 fats.

 

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