In the last talk, we discussed the first cause of fat deposition that is about cholesterol. Today, we will discuss and clear all the confusion about fat or triglycerides. All should know that all oils are the same. No oil is good for the heart.
Triglycerides – as the name suggests, it is made up of three units fatty acids (fats usually exist in the form of long chains made up of carbon and hydrogen) and one glycerol molecule attached to it. There are around 22 kinds of fatty acids present, in our diet. Fatty acids have carbon molecules (arranged in chains of 12, 14, 18, and 20) each of which has a capacity of attaching two hydrogen molecules.
All Oils or Triglycerides can be of three kinds according to their structure. These are saturated oils, monounsaturated oils, and polyunsaturated oils. Triglycerides are made up of a glycerol molecule and three chains of fatty acids. These chains of fatty acid are made up of Carbon and hydrogen atoms, besides oxygen. There may be 30- 100 hydrogen atoms in one molecule of triglyceride. If all hydrogen is present in the molecule, this triglyceride will be called Saturated Triglyceride or Oil.
If one is missing in the whole molecule it will be called Monounsaturated (Mono means one).
And if two or more hydrogen is deficient, this oil will be called Polyunsaturated.
There is hardly any difference between the three. In every oil available in the market all three types of triglycerides (saturated, mono, and polyunsaturated) are the only content. Only they are present in different proportions. Taste-wise, calorie-wise, or structure-wise all the oils are the same except for these minor differences. This minor difference is what some of the oil companies enchased. They highlighted that their oil has more poly-unsaturated component so are better than others. General people who did not understand this jargon (with so many medical words attached) believed in what they learned from these advertisements. They are still not aware of the fact that now the American heart association agrees that all the three kinds of fats/Triglycerides are to be reduced in quantity in the food and whatever little amount they take should be equal from all the types’ namely saturated, mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated types.
We already discussed that no plant source can have cholesterol. people see caption written on vegetable oils ‘0 cholesterol’ or ’heart-friendly’, this is a strange mentality of these oil companies as they fool people around just to sell their product and make money. Innocent people, ignorant about these facts fall in a trap and buy these oils considering them ‘good’ for their heart. These oils, if not increase the cholesterol directly; definitely increase it indirectly by increasing their total triglyceride in the blood, and worsen the condition of their heart further. And more diseases will also occur due to this.
There is one more food that has a lot of triglycerides and that is nuts and seeds. All the nuts and seeds, whether they are almonds, walnuts or flax seeds, all of them contain a huge amount of fat in them, 100 gm of almonds gives around 60 gm of fat, 100 gm of walnuts give 55 gm of fat and 100 gm of flaxseeds give 58 gm of fat. That’s why SAAOL does not recommend eating nuts and seeds. The conclusion is that all oils, nuts, and seeds have a lot of triglycerides and should avoid all of them to keep the heart-healthy.