You can walk down pretty much any grocery aisle and find a low-fat product. It’s now wonder were confused on if it’s good for us or not? The idea that fat makes you fat had been the basis of many fad diets for decades. On the other hand, diets that encourage fat are telling us it’s ok to eat fat and that it will even make you thin. So, what is it? Is fat good or bad for those of us who are trying to eat healthy and may be trying to lose weight?
What is fat important?
• Fat is a part of every single cell in our body and we need fat. Fat is necessary for our healthy cell function and helps with things like glowing skin and keeping a healthy metabolism.
• Fat is used by our body to provide energy regulation. Fats are a source of energy for most of our body functions. The extra calories we consume and not used are stored in special fat cells for use later.
• Fats manage inflammation for our body. Fats can help your body anti-inflame and also help your body inflame when it’s needed.
• Fats are required to digest and absorb some vitamins into the body.
Is dietary fat making me fat?
The bottom line – fats are more caloric then carbs and proteins and everyone has different calorie needs. So, it’s easy to overeat fats. Fats also can contribute to obesity because fat calories turn into body fat more easily. It’s important to be aware of how much fat we’re eating as well as what type of fat we are eating.
So, what’s good and what’s bad?
Again, you need fat in order to have a healthy diet. There are harmful fats that can raise cholesterol, clog arteries and increase the risk for heart disease. These are found in saturated and trans fats like meat, eggs, cheese and processed and fried foods. There are also good fats – unsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids- that have shown to lower cholesterol, decrease inflammation, and lower your risk for heart disease. These good fats are found in foods like olive oil, avocado, certain seafood and nuts.
Fat has benefits for weight loss.
Even though fat has almost twice as many calories as protein and carbs, it doesn’t mean we should completely write it off. Healthy fats can help with weight loss. For instance, it takes fat longer to break down and digest and eating the right amount of fat with each meal can help you feel satisfied.
Learning to eat the right amount of fat and the right fats is an important part of your health. Feel free to stop by and see us at RedMed and talk to a medical provider if you need help with ensuring your maintaining a healthy diet.
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