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Apr
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comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@anothem If I understand the question correctly, it's not about whether saturated fats have any problems (although it keeps coming up, this point is moot). It's about whether they have any benefits. What do you get from saturated fats that you'd miss out on if you didn't eat them?
Apr
4
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@anothem I agree, you have to make sure you balance your omegea-3's and 6's since they have opposite effects. And you're right, just because your body synthesizes something doesn't automatically mean it's not recommended. But in this case, most organizations don't recommend it (Wikipedia). I'm not really saying this to attack saturated fat. I want to express that if SF is generally recommended against, there's a good chance that we don't need it.
Apr
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answered Using a rowing machine for abdominal muscles
Apr
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answered When will muscle be cannibalized?
Apr
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comment When will muscle be cannibalized?
Your questions are so great, JoJo. I don't have time to answer this one now, but if no one else answers it in the next day or so, I can shed some light on this topic for you :) p.s. Is your avatar a photo of you? Do you compete?
Apr
2
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@J. Winchester, That's interesting, I didn't know that there was any question about high LDL being a risk factor for CVD; I wont make that assumption in the future. My intent with those studies was more to show the importance of PUFA's than to attack SFA's. You're right, recent research suggests that saturated fat may not be associated with increased risk of CVD (aside: this doesn't mean their -beneficial-, per se)--but the prevailing way to explain away previous research that SFA's were bad is to say PUFA's are good. This last statement in this answer directly contradicts this.
Apr
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comment Does the existence of trans fat invalidate years of research on saturated fats?
You're right, my last paragraph was a little vague. I've edited it to better reflect the nature of the findings.
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Apr
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comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@Allen Here are three academic studies that contradict your conclusion about polyunsaturated fat being more dangerous that saturated fat. PubMed1, PubMed2, The American Journal of Clinical Nurtition. Considering CVD is the number one killer in the world (Wikipedia), I wouldn't advise people to cut out polyunsaturates.
Apr
1
comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
I've modified the answer to reflect the nature of that pubmed citation better. For me the SciAm article isn't evidence against the quote from Livestrong because it takes firing neurons to operate body processes as well as thought. The article doesn't distinguish between neurons dedicated to different tasks. The last paragraph does indicate that visual stimulation may increase energy expenditure, but is it by enough to be considered "a lot"? And is visual perception really considered "thinking"?
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comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
Thanks for the source, Matt! I've added it to my answer.
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Mar
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comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
The brain probably consumes some of that extra energy some of that extra energy (I really don't know for sure). But a stress response is systemic, causing stuff like increased heart rate and breathing rate, which consume quite a bit of extra energy. You're right though, there are boundary issues; even if the brain doesn't burn much extra energy itself, it triggers the stress response, so you could say it's responsible for burning those calories.
Mar
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comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
It sounds like this is due to emotional stress rather than thought (Google Book)
Mar
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answered Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
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answered Probiotics: differences between bacterial strains
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answered Following the Glycemic Indexes theory?