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Fats and their Importance

Contrary to other people’s opinions, fat is most definitely important to any diet. With that being said, you also have to remember that eating too much and too little fat is never good. It is important to know how not to exclude fat in your diet and at the same time, keep minimal yet enough levels of fat in your system.

 

It is essential for one to know the benefits that fats bring to the body. One of these is that it helps build the brain. Fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K are absorbed quickly by the intestines enabling the quick distribution of these vitamins in the body. Without enough fatty acids, the skin and hair would turn dry and appear to be flaky.

 

Fats also serve as a protective cushion to the body’s vital organs by holding them in place. They also keep our bodies warm in the cold weather. Those who have less body fat will easily feel cold. However excessive body fat will make you sweat easily and feel very warm in the hot weather.

 

There are basically two kinds of fat; the good and bad. Good fats include those polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats while the bad ones include the less saturated and trans fats which are not healthy kinds of fats.

 

Dietary fats are the ones that balance the existence of good and bad fats in your body. Choosing the right kinds of these fats will also help in reducing the risk of heart diseases, cancer and many more. Omega three fatty acids, for example, play a vital role in keeping our hearts healthy and well. Eating minimal amounts of fat will help you control your weight, which in turn, reduces the risk of cancers like breast and colon cancer.

 

Since fats burn or digest over a much longer time period, eating most of it for the first hour in the morning will actually help prevent you from eating more of it. You still have stored enough energy to face the day. So, rather than skipping meals and totally avoiding fats, you have to face them but in a very careful manner so as not to compromise your health.

 

Embrace fat with vigilance. Don’t overeat. Set limits for yourself by having a calorie counter and you’ll certainly live a happy, healthy life.

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