The amount of CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID (CLA) in the American diet has
been lowered due to changes in the way we eat and in how farmers are raising
their cattle. This can be seen as a contradiction: we are consuming less
CLA, but we are also seeing a large increase in obesity.
Over the last 30 years, people worldwide have made a fundamental change
in the foods they eat. In an effort to guard against the negative effects
of heavy fat intake, people now eat significantly less beef and dairy
fats than they did just a few years ago. Despite all of this, people are
steadily gaining weight. In the United States alone, the number of Americans
who are at least 20 pounds overweight has grown from 25% in 1985 to more
than 34% today.
People only get CLA from the foods they eat. CLA is found in a variety
of foods in very small amounts; beef and dairy fats contain the largest
quantities. When cattle eat grass, which is rich in linoleic acid, their
digestive tract converts the linoleic acid into conjugated linoleic acid,
a different molecule.
We get 80% less CLA in our diets today for two reasons. Today, cows are
seldom pasture grazed. Instead, they are fed foods (grains and soy) which
result in decreased CLA production. Secondly, we also eat less red meat
and dairy fats, which also reduces the amount of CLA in our diets.
How CLA Works:
CLA "inhibits" the body's ability to store fat. A recent scientific
study shows CLA's ability to inhibit lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme which
breaks down fat globules in the blood so that fat cells can more readily
absorb it and store it as body fat. The inhibition of lipoprotein lipase
results in reduced fat deposition.
CLA "prompts" the body to use stored fats as energy. CLA increases
the activity of hormone sensitive lipase which breaks down fats stored
in fat cells and returns the fats to the blood stream to be used as an
energy source. CLA causes previously deposited fat to be used for the
energy needs of muscle cells and the liver.
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The research in humans has shown a 20% reduction in body fat for those
taking CLA. Participants in a 90-day study were administered 3 grams of
CLA daily with meals. In a placebo-controlled study, the CLA group demonstrated
a significant reduction in body fat from 21.3% to 17.5% with an average
reduction of 7 pounds of fat. No change was seen with the placebo group.
The benefits of less fat and increased muscle tone are numerous. People
look trimmer, feel more energetic, and have decreased health risks.
People taking a placebo put pounds back on at a ratio of 75% body fat,
25% lean muscle. Those that continued taking CLA and regained weight showed
a 45% body fat, 55% lean muscle. Pariza theorizes that CLA may help block
fat cells that are in the body from filling up with fat. CLA also may
have some effect on skeletal muscle, possibly stimulating muscle growth
and fat burning, Pariza says.
Dieters who took CLA reported no adverse effects and had some reductions
in blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Other health benefits noted in the literature include a potential reduction
in breast cancer by CLA blocking prostaglandin formation, prevent asthma
attacks, and lelaying the onset of type 2 diabetes and controlling the