We've always told you that fat is not the enemy. In fact its beneficial. A new study shows that fatty foods could improve your memory! And we'll tell you how it can help you gain muscle!
Basically, when the intestines digest fat, they produce a compound called oleoylethanolamide (OEA). In experiments, scientists administered the compound to rats, which then demonstrated improved memory retention during tasks.
OEA activates certain receptors in the the part of the brain associated with memories of emotional events. Scientists suspect that fatty foods can help in the formation of these long-term memories in humans as well. They suspect that it could be an evolutionary feature- so it helps animals remember where they ate a good fat loaded meal. So, they can return there later. (just like we remember our favorite ice cream joints)
How does fat help muscle growth?
Fat consumption promotes optimal levels of testosterone in the body, which is essential to gain muscle. The more testosterone flowing in your body, the better your muscle gain, and retention. The more muscle you gain, the more calories your body burns. The more calories you burn, the lower your body fat levels.
Of course, the solution to remembering everything and being muscular is not living on samosas & pakoras. That will only increase your risk of heart disease and your belly. But there are plenty of healthy fats you can eat that will give you benefits without sacrificing your health.
Note that 1 gm of fat produces 9 calories, and 1 gm of protein or carbohydrates gives 4 calories. So the caloric density of fat is more than double that of carbohydrates or proteins. But healthy fats, like the ones in almonds, contain important vitamins & minerals required for the body.
So, don't diss the nuts, eggs or the cheese. Diss the white bread, and sugar.