Views on fat intake in the diet have changed enormously over the past thirty years, and there is still a debate about how much fat is healthy for you. One thing is sure: a diet which contains no fat at all is an appalling and dangerous one. We need fat for the absorption of certain vitamins, and it is essential to our skin, hair, nails, and general health. We all know that intakes of saturated fat are linked to heart disease: as a guide, saturated fat is one which hardens at room temperatures, such as butter and lard, and they tend to be of animal origin.
Why you should consider having fats in your daily diet
Source of energy
Body fats provide an important source of energy for daily activity. In fact about half of your daily requirements are provided by stored fat, for activities such as walking or climbing the stairs. It’s also important to note that carbs do provide energy, in fact more compared to fats, but that’s not a good reason to neglect intake of fats.
Layer of insulation
Fats protects your major organs by acting as a layer of insulation. But you do not need to store excess fat because that will increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. That is why having just the right amount of fats is vital.
Source of nutrients
Dietary fat is necessary too because it supplies your body with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which are key nutrients for your body. Deficiency of these key nutrients result in complicated medical conditions, hence the importance of regularly taking fats.
Enhances our health
Consuming fat in your meals is the only way that you can get the two essential fatty acids that help to form cell membranes, immune function, and vision, without which we will not be able to maintain good health.
omega-3 fatty acids, and monounsaturated fat are known to be healthy fats that create good cholesterol, contribute to overall health, and do not lead to accumulations of fat in the body and the arteries.
Enhance brain functions
Fish oil increases Basal metabolic rate (you burn more calories overall, helping weight loss), Fish and flax oil in particular help with brain function, moreover, fish oils has anti-inflammatory properties (good for joints). Healthy fats, known as polyunsaturated fats and not only promote heart health, but are essential for reducing inflammation, increase brain function, regulate moods and ward off degenerative diseases.
Fats keep you full; they are full of nutrients. Also, the foods that contain good fats (nuts, fish, etc.) are also good for you. What a great deal! I recommend them to personal training clients, athletes, and everybody else! No matter where you are, you need these healthy fats. As long as you maintain the rule of adding only good fats to your diet, you will be healthy and happy.