Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA that it relievingly referred to as, is a type of fat that is found predominately in meat and dairy products. Technically bonds and such are what separates this fat from others and there are actually several forms of CLA, but the key thing here are the potential benefits. CLA has been gaining recognition for studies done on its promising positive effects on cancer (notably breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and stomach cancers). Cancer isn’t the only thing that CLA may combat! It may also have positive effects on:
- cardiovascular disease
- high blood pressure
- high triglycerides
- insulin resistance (it may actually improve the insulin action and decrease circulating glucose)
- food-induced allergic reactions
- body composition (help to lower body fat, while preserving muscle tissue and increase metabolic rate)
Grass-fed is king though, as it has 3 to 5 times the concentration of CLA compared to grain-fed cattle. It also appears that wild game like moose, elk, and deer, have a similar content as cattle. Turkey has a favorable amount, especially in comparison to pigs and chickens, which have a lower amount. The bone marrow of the animals seem to significantly higher amounts of CLA, which explains the brain development of our hunter gatherer ancestors, who ate large amounts of wild game and marrow (see another example of how we have evolved to eat meat and another strike against vegetarianism). CLA is available in pill form, but it appears that these may do more harm than actual good and have some negative side effects (like reducing HDL levels). Eat meat- period- preferably grass-fed, it’s what your body wants and needs! For more on our fat-burner weight loss programs check out our website at bodychange.net.