The importance of fats


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'Toolow fat?'

‘Idon’t eat the yellow bit of the egg, no good for you that’

‘Nuts?Do you have any idea how many calories are in those?’

‘Inever cook with olive oil, way too much fat’

Guiltyof saying the above? Are we guilty of actually damaging our health when tryingto do the opposite? Many of us have heard that fat is important to our bodiesbut how many of us actually listen?

Todaywe’re going to make it clear as to why fats are important and how they canbenefit your overall health. Let’s talk about the different types of fat andwhat they do for your health

Saturated fat

Saturated fats are often given a bad name. Yes too much of them can prove detrimental to your health, just like anything else and reinforces the saying 'too much of anything is bad'. Saturated fats are found in dairy, meat, cakes and biscuits. Eaten in the right amounts, saturated fats can help the following:

  • · Stronger bones
  • · Improved liver health
  • · Healthy lungs
  • · Healthy brain
  • · Proper nerve signaling
  • · Strong immune system

Unsaturated Fat

Both monounsaturatedand polyunsaturated fats don’t appear to raise LDL, which is known as badcholesterol. The fact that people refer to all fats as bad gives them the badname they don’t deserve. They are essential to your health as they help keepthe body warm, store energy and keep your hair and skin healthy.

Trans Fats

There aretwo types of trans fats found in the foods we eat; naturally occurring andartificial trans fats. Naturally occurring fats are derived from animalproducts such and milk and meats whilst artificial trans fats are created throughprocessing hydrogen and liquid vegetable oils together. Unlike unsaturatedfats, trans fats tend to raise LDL and actually lower the good cholesterol (HDL)in our bodies, as well as increasing your chances of developing heart disease,diabetes and stroke!

Amongst proteinand carbs, its true that fats hold the most amount of calories weighing in at 9calories per gram as apposed to 4 calories per gram of protein or acarbohydrate.

Of course, toomuch of anything is bad for us and in the next article we’ll talk about burningfat and give you guys some tips on the best ways of doing so…

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