Bent wrote on Dec 3, 2021, 14:45:
It started right about the time that they all started replacing saturated fats with that flavorless oil. I'm not convinced that's a coincidence. Saturated fats are what gives things most of their flavor.
Humans cannot taste fat, so both saturated fat and flavourless oil would be tasteless to us. The reason fats make things "taste good" is that they are the most calorie dense thing you can eat. Over twice the calories of pure sugar. You take a humble potato, and quadruple the calories by infusing it with fat of any kind, and it will taste a lot better.
Your brain releases dopamine and endorphins when you eat something so calorie rich, since we are programmed for survival, and calories mean you don't starve to death in the wild. It doesn't matter whether it's pure whale blubber, vegetable oil, or motor oil, they all have 9 calories per gram, and we cannot taste the actual lipids.
What is happening is that your brain is telling you something tastes good, because it's calorie rich, not because of the actual flavor. Remember your first sip of beer or wine? It's disgusting. It tastes like poison. And yet, we develop a taste for it and suddenly speak romantically about fermented grape liquid. That's the effect of endorphins being released in your brain, as now this awful flavor is associated with the high we get form our endorphins and dopamine when we consume it.
That's why something like a tomato or lettuce can taste so bland and awful - there's no morphin like compound being released in your brain. After a few weeks, you can ween yourself off this affect, and begin to enjoy the actual taste of foods. (Of course many vegetables taste awful these days because they store them all year and spray gas on them to prevent ripening etc, so it's worth going somewhere to get the freshly grown produce, with smells and colors and real flavors)
Interesting that the health advice about saturated fats is now saying that they aren't necessarily unhealthy.
That's industry marketing - they don't even tout it as healthy anymore, the best they can do is fudge the numbers to make it look "not bad". If you eat saturated fat, our total cholesterol goes over 150 mg/DL, and plaques form in our arteries. It's easy to demonstrate. And easy to reverse by lowering cholesterol back down to 140mg/DL by removing most sources of saturated fat.
Saturated fat is illegal to pour into a sewer due to creating 'fat bergs' . That's the same fate your arteries will have, sure the mechanism is a little different, but you get fatty plaques depositing in your arteries - it kills an American every 7 seconds. And it's entirely preventable. crazy world we live in!
Granted, huge amounts of mono or poly oils aren't great either. Ideally you want to eat these fats in their whole forms, such as actual olives themselves, or from nuts and seeds. The requirements are very very small, it's like 3 walnuts worth, plus about a tablespoon of flax seed meal.
And I think this is where the notion that saturated fats aren't bad for you anymore comes form. They compare them non-saturated fats in certain ways, and in the end they both end up being bad - so they publish the result as "saturated fat is fine" but they don't tell you the whole story, that they are both bad.
The combination of too much oil, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt - you'll notice something like ben & jerry's has 3 types of sugars, and 4 types of fats/oils in it to get those endorphins and dopamins flowing, and hook us, because we get addicted our own internal morphines.
Everything is a scam and we can't get enough of it :-)This comment was edited on Dec 3, 2021, 17:24.
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