Understanding why Fats are important
The fear that has been surrounding fats in our diets has left a lot of us very confused about what we can and can’t eat. What is good, what is bad and how much can we have.
Nutrition should be simple. Nature did a good job making foods for us to eat, lets leave it at that, there is no need to go making our own creations.
When you see fat free on a label you need to think about what they have put back in to replace the fat taken out. Fat tastes nice and without fat the flavor goes, so manufactures need to add a whole lot of sugars, flavorings, salts and what ever else to bring the taste back. Making the product even worst for you. Fat free means chemically enhanced and high in calories. Fat goes down sugar content goes up.
Yes it is true that to much fat consumption can put stress on the liver and contribute to some health issues, but first we need to remember that fats are one of the three macronutrients (Carbohydrates / Fats and Proteins) all 3 of these are essential to our body functioning properly. Secondly, there are a few different types of fats with some being health promoting and others detrimental to our health.
Healthy fats are an important source of calories to be used as slow burning energy for our daily activities, much more efficient the refined carbohydrates
Fats help our bodies to absorb certain vitamin like vitamin D. Vitamin D for strong bones.
Fats in our meals send the feeling of satiety to our brain, ever find you can eat a mountain of bread, rice or pasta and then in less then an hour your hungry again.
Fats are essential for proper hormone function, especially in women. Omega 3 found in fish is a big player here.
Fats also helps to keep our cell walls strong. Cells are our bodies building blocks, everything starts within the cells, healthy cells healthier you.
Low fat diets are common with low energy, poor kidney function, slow healing process, vision and learning difficulties, infertility, dry skin and eczema.
Fats that are bad for us are hydrogenated fats like margarine and trans fats used in fried foods. These foods can double your risk of a heart attack.
So what are the healthy fats?
Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, nut oils, natural oils found in fish like salmon and most dark meat fish are full of omega 3, organic full fat yogurt, kefir, organic butters or ghee.
3-4 tablespoons of healthy fats per day will give you all the essential fatty acids you need. Aim to stay away from deep fried foods, hydrogenated fats and the fat from non grass feed animals as the fat is where the toxins are held. Low-fat and fat-free processed foods will always make you eat too much, encourage sugar cravings, and leave you hungry and unsatisfied. Good quality fats are good for your skin, hair, nails, immune system, heart, liver, nerves.
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