Is fat like alcohol?

Those who say that fat is harmful to the body might use the analogy of alcohol – the body metabolizes fat as a fuel and suffers the toxicity of doing so, just as the body does with alcohol.

The differences are:

  1. There are at least 2 essential fats – there is no essentiality to alcohol.
  2. There are likely more conditionally essential fats (the two major fish oils and arachidonic acid come to mind; perhaps palmitoleic acid as well), different ones in different people, and the body is actively looking for them. There is no conditional essentiality to alcohol.
  3. All fats help essential fats be absorbed as well as useful fat-soluble substances, which are not limited to the four fat-soluble vitamins; it would be a real stretch to say that alcohol does the same.

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