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Fats: Consumer Health Trend

Fats have been given a bad reputation over the years as consumers as a whole believe having fats in their diets will cause them to gain or be unable to lose weight. This may no longer be the case as healthy fats come out of the dark and begin to be known as important additions to the average diet. Scientific research consultant, Nancy Morse, explains in her 2015 SupplySide West trade show interview how certain fats have the ability to keep weight off and allow consumers to have a well-rounded diet. Clinical trials continue to be underway to target how to reduce fat in the blood stream. Let’s take a closer look at Morse’s interview and the overall benefit of healthy fats.


The Facts & the Fats

Adult obesity in the United States has grown, as the rates are now between 20-35%. As obesity rates continue to climb in most states, the impact on the healthcare industry is significant. As of Sept. 2015, obesity cost the United States between $147 and $210 billion. Educating consumers about the differences between healthy fats and bad fats could easily help these numbers fluctuate downward. Morse mentions that olive oil and Omega-3 fatty acids are great healthy fats to start incorporating into diets. Olive oil has benefits for cardiovascular health such as lowering risk of heart disease but is high in calories so it needs to be consumed in moderation. Another healthy fat is Omega-3 fatty acids. These fats help support brain function and can be found in fish and fish oil supplements.


Morse’s Theory on Palmitoleic Acid (Omega-7)

Insulin resistance is a common issue among many Americans, significantly more in women. Morse describes insulin resistance as blood sugar levels going up and the body responding by creating more insulin. At this point, energy isn’t being created for the body. This leads to tiredness and an increased desire to eat food for energy, making the blood pressure rise and leading the pancreas to not work as efficiently over time and lose its ability to produce the insulin that is required. This leads to weight gain and diabetes. Preclinical studies have shown that palmitoleic acid reduces the amount of sugar and insulin in the blood, leading to a decrease in insulin resistance. Omega-7s potentially have the ability to curb the obesity rate if consumed at a proper amount in consumer diets. There haven’t been formal clinical studies looking at the specific effects of palmitoleic acid on weight loss. One double-blind placebo study found that those who received palmitoleic capsules had a 15% decrease in triglyceride levels, 8% reduction in bad cholesterol, and 5% increase in healthy cholesterol.
Overall, healthy fats have the ability to help transform people’s health and stabilize insulin resistance. InterHealth’s ingredient Zychrome® has been shown to support healthy insulin levels and functions. Zychrome® can be added to any beverage or food supplement. For more information head to our website or give us a call at 1-800-783-4636.

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