Why You Need Fat In Your Life
Over the years, fat has become a dirty word because it has been blamed for obesity, diabetes and a whole host of other health problems. This bad rap is unfortunate because you need to consume healthy fats for your body to survive. Fat, along with protein and carbohydrates, is one of the three macro nutrients necessary for a healthy diet.
Healthy fat has some important tasks in your body. It supplies energy, is necessary for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. It also protects our organs and forms the structure of cell membranes. Omega 3 fatty acids like those found in chia seeds, fatty fish or flax seeds are helpful in the fight against inflammation. Contrary to popular belief, eating fat does not make you fat. Over consumption of carbohydrates and protein leads to excess body fat. In fact, eating a little fat can help you feel more satisfied, leading to less calorie consumption.
Avocado, fatty fish, olive oil, chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds are all examples of healthy fats to have in your diet. Trans fats are used in food manufacturing to improve the shelf life of various food items, and to enhance taste and texture. Unfortunately, they have been shown to raise bad cholesterol and should be avoided at all times. The research on saturated fat like that found in meat and dairy is mixed so give them a limited place in your diet.
Now that you know all the amazing benefits from making healthy fats a part of your diet, how will you include them in your life?
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