There are many misconceptions when it comes to fat. We all know it is bad and to avoid it as much as possible but is this thought process really true? Not completely. In fact, we need a certain amount of fat in our diets for proper nutrition. Just as there are bad aspects to consuming fat there are also good aspects to consuming fat and these are worth mentioning.
The term scientists’ use for the word fat is lipids. Lipids are one of the greatest sources of energy we can consume as they have over twice the amount of calories per gram as carbohydrates or protein. Lipids can be divided into two categories; saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are found in animals, coconut, palm oil and remain in a solid form at room temperature. It is these types of fats that are most commonly linked to heart disease. Cholesterol is a type of saturated fat. Unsaturated fats are found in plants and oils and consist of the essential fats our bodies need for proper nutrition. Unsaturated fats are found to be liquid in room temperature. As our bodies cannot produce or manufacture linoleic acid, this essential fatty acid is taken from the unsaturated fats we consume. Because of this it is extremely important for proper nutrition that we are consuming some amount unsaturated fats.
Fat has many roles to play in our bodies. It provides us with energy for our daily activities, it surrounds and protects our vital organs, helps with cellular function, regulates hormonal production, balances body temperature and transports fat-soluble vitamins. Fats are the last nutrient to digest and leave the stomach while leaving a delayed satisfaction feeling after we eat. Although fat has many good uses for our bodies it can also be bad in excess. Our fat intake should make up less than 30% of our daily calories. For proper nutrition and for our bodies to receive all the essential nutrients from fats, our bodies require 3% of our fat intake to come from linoleic acid or unsaturated fats.
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