Medically reviewed by Shanmukha Priya, M.Phil and Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition
Like Omega-3 fatty acids are highly essential for your body and health, Omega-6 fatty acids also offer a world of good to you.
Some fats are used for energy while some others offer powerful health benefits and fat burner CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which is derived from Omega-6 fatty acids, belongs to the latter section of fats.
Fat burner CLA is known to be naturally found in beef and dairy and when consumed, has shown weight loss effects along with other health benefits on humans.
The main dietary source of fat burner CLA are animals foods from cows, goats and sheep. It is found in more quantity if the animals have been grass fed instead of being grain fed.
Fat burner CLA today is found as one of the key ingredients in many weight loss pills because CLA exhibits fat burning abilities.
In this article, we will try to bring to you the various benefits and side effects of fat burner CLA and the various natural foods to be consumed for their fat burner CLA content.
Here is a comprehensive list of natural foods that contain fat burner CLA (source).
|Food and serving size||mgs of CLA per gram of fat||mg of CLA per serving (rounded)|
|1.||grass fed beef (4 oz)||30||433|
|2.||cheese, from grass fed cow milk* (1 oz)||20 to 30||180 to 270|
|3.||whole milk, from grass fed cows* (8 oz)||20 to 30||160 to 240|
|4.||lamb (4 oz)||5.6||148|
|5.||whole milk (8 oz)||5.5||44|
|6.||buttermilk (8 oz)||5.4||44|
|7.||processed cheeses, average (1 oz)||5.0||43|
|8.||plain yogurt (6 oz container)||4.8||26|
|9.||butter (1 tbsp)||4.7||54|
|10.||sour cream (1 tbsp)||4.6||11|
|11.||cottage cheese (4 oz)||4.5||22|
|12.||low fat yogurt (6 oz container)||4.4||12|
|13.||fresh ground beef, from regular cows (4 oz)||4.3||71|
|14.||cheddar cheese (1 oz)||4.1||39|
|15.||2% milk (8 oz)||4.1||20|
|16.||ice cream (1/2 cup)||3.6||26|
|17.||veal (4 oz)||2.7||40|
|18.||fresh ground turkey (4 oz)||2.6||23|
|19.||chicken (4 oz)||0.9||8|
|20.||safflower oil (1 tbsp)||0.7||3|
|21.||egg yolk (1 large)||0.6||3|
|22.||pork (4 oz)||0.6||6|
|23.||sunflower oil (1 tbsp)||0.4||2|
|24.||salmon (3 oz)||0.3||1|
Health Benefits of Fat Burner CLA
1. Fat Burner CLA Helps in Weight Loss
A diet which is supplemented with fat burner CLA increases oxygen consumption and spending of energy in the body which leads to increased fat burning capacity in the body.
Fat burner CLA is not only capable of reducing body fat but also helps in removing fatty deposits from our muscles.
Consumption of fat burner CLA from natural dietary sources if supplemented with some form of physical activity can lead to greater results in health and weight loss .
2. Fat Burner CLA Boosts the Immune System
It is a proven fact that fat burner CLA possesses immunity enhancing capabilities .
It also modulates immune and inflammatory responses along with improving bones mass in your body. Fat burner CLA also benefits the digestive system and enhances detoxification in the body. It also plays a role in improving the liver function of the body.
3. Fat Burner CLA Prevents the Growth of Cancerous Cells
Various researchers have proved the role of fat burner CLA in the prevention of growth of cancerous cells in the body . Fat burner if consumed as part of your natural diet, proves highly beneficial for reducing overall cancer risk.
Conjugated linoleic acids, especially rumenic acid has great health benefits and is known to lower inflammation in the body. Low inflammation means less oxidative stress, which is directly linked to low cancer risks.
4. Fat Burner CLA Manages Blood Sugar Levels
Studies suggest that supplementing your diet with fat burner CLA results in lower body weight as well as lower blood sugar levels in the body .
Researchers have also found that consumption of fat burner CLA also leads to lower levels of Leptin, a hormone linked to regulation of fat levels in the body.
Higher levels of Leptin in the body means obesity, which is one of the leading factors that lead to diabetes in human beings .
Potential Side Effects of Fat Burner CLA
1. Fat Burner CLA May Cause Fatigue
While there are many health benefits of consuming fat burner CLA through natural foods, it may also have potential side effects if its levels in the body increase the permissible limits.
It may lead you to feel unusually fatigued where you may find it difficult to remain active during the day and go by your daily chores.
You may also experience unusually sleepy for longer periods of time than your regular sleep pattern.
2. Overconsumption of Fat Burner CLA may cause Diarrhoea
Sometimes, overconsumption of fat burner CLA may cause loose stools known as diarrhoea. This can be accompanied by stomach ache, abdominal cramps or bloating.
You may feel dehydrated if the diarrhoea persists, which may result in dizziness, headache, dry skin or increased thirst.
3. Stomach Problems Due to Fat Burner CLA
Sometimes, CLA supplements cause stomach problems in certain people.
These problems include nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting. You must call the doctor if nausea does not subside or may bring recurrent vomitings.
4. General Health Concerns Posed by Fat Burner CLA
In case you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes, consult your doctor before taking fat burner CLA supplements.
It has been found that fat burner CLA supplements may negatively affect your blood vessel functions which increase the risk of developing heart diseases.
It may also increase the blood sugar levels in your body which is directly linked to increased risk of diabetes in humans.
Excess of anything is bad and that stands true even for fat burner CLA. Though it has various health benefits, it is advisable to limit its intake to natural dietary sources only.
In addition to this, eat well, sleep well and exercise well for that it all what it takes to maintain a healthy body. For more on weight loss and nutrition, talk to our Possible Nutritionist today. The first consultation is on us! Click here to avail it.