Oils and fat are transported through our body differently from proteins and carbohydrates -- straight to heart they go.
To quote from the book, "The lymphatic system is to our blood vessels as Robin is to Batman." Oils and fat not being water soluble need a different transport mechanism through our body.
Enter the lymphatic system. Once we ingest any fat or oil from foods, the lymphatic vessels (you can see those stringy lines running parallel the tube lines in the picture) which run parallel to every single blood vessel in our body, take the fat macronutrient straight to the heart! YIKES!
And I thought all along the liver was there to protect us from every toxic substance we eat. Not true. Not with fat. But wait, there's good news.
Phew! But the good oils act as a balm.
Now, we have yet another reason to make the switch to good oils.
Yes, while we are at the mercy of the junk food giants (and that not only means McDonald's folks, but every packaged food out there), with no liver to protect us, we can thwart the food giants by consuming heart healthy oils.
These oils act as a balm to our hearts.
But I like my fried food, you say.
Although I seldom do it, some foods deep fried are truly exceptional. Take tempura. There is no other way to enjoy this except with correct deep frying. So what do we do?
Remember to always keep a lid on your good oils and keep them away from light. Olive oil is best stored in the refrigerator to avoid rancidity.
Enjoy it drizzled not slathered or bathed. Poop it right.
Even good oils are fattening, so you want to make sure you aren't overdoing it. The right amount of oils to use in a day's consumption is no more than 2-3 tablespoons per adult. And just as I learned in the Gut book, we do need oil to get our poops going. Oil is important to our gut and therefore to our overall health. Happy eating!