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Know the Enemy: Processed Fats & Sugars

Heart disease-the number one killer of Americans today-has been directly linked to the intake of processed fats and high-sugar diets. Other afflictions such as obesity, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and even certain cancers are also often the result of the body's inability to digest and metabolize the processed fats and sugars that are so prevalent in the average American’s diet.

Fried and processed fats, especially, are very hard for the body to break down into a usable form. If your body is unable to digest the fat, it will store it as excess in the bloodstream (known as high cholesterol and triglycerides).

Lipase is the enzyme that digests fat.  It is very common for people to be deficient in lipase. Many people consume fats, but they are eating cooked or processed fats, so the foods no longer contain their own enzymes (lipase). Thus, the body has no way to digest and utilize the food. So, it is stored as excess and can wreak havoc on the body.

Supplementing with lipase when consuming fatty foods will help your body digest the bad fats and use what good nutrients are available.  Many people have had great success by utilizing lipase to help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure by digesting the undigested fats that have been stored in the blood stream.

Consumption of processed sugars like corn syrup or plain table sugar creates insulin surges and sudden, unstable swings in blood sugar because the body has no way to digest them. All foods that are cooked or processed at 118 degrees or more contain no enzymes, which make it nearly impossible for the body to digest and utilize them. If you choose to eat a diet that is high in processed fat and sugar, you should at least assist your body and give it the nutrients it needs to digest fat and regulate your blood sugar. Even if your diet is “usually good,” you should still utilize appropriate supplements during the times your diet is less-than-perfect.

Another essential ingredient in helping your body digest refined fats and sugars is chromium. Chromium is a mineral that stimulates glucose receptor sites and is helpful for balancing blood sugar.

Optimal Fat/Sugar from Optimal Health Systems contains both lipase and chromium, along with other powerful nutrients proven to help with digesting fat, regulating blood sugar levels, and lowering cholesterol. The chromium in Optimal Fat/Sugar is a patented form of “chelated” chromium and is more powerful than chromium picolinate and other synthetics. Synthetics are cheaper to manufacture and much less effective.