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Why Dietary Fats Are Not Evil – Consumption Of Good Fats, Equals A Lean Healthy Body

Primal Power Method Healthy Fats

Fat Defined

Fats are a type of lipid: Organic substances that are not soluble (i.e., not able to be dissolved) in water. Dietary fats include both solids (like butter) and liquids (like cooking oils). Dietary fat is found in many common foods, including olives, avocados, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, cheese and milk.

There are three major macronutrients in your diet: fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Of these, fat is the most energy dense, meaning it contains more calories (energy) per gram. Like a super-concentrated fuel for your body, fat contains nine calories of energy per gram. This is more than twice the calories contained in a gram of either protein or carbohydrates, which each contain four calories per gram.

Key Concept: Dietary fats are the most concentrated source of energy (calories) in our daily diet.

Some of  the Many Benefits of Fat Consumption

Dietary fats are essential if one is to acquire and maintain optimal health. Fat has several important functions in the human body: as an energy source, in the creation and balance of hormones, in the formation of our cell membranes, in the formation and healthy functioning of our brains and nervous systems, and in the vital transport of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) within the human body.

Fats are also important for the health of the following organs and systems:

  • Immune System: Some fats ease and modulate inflammation, helping your immune system and metabolism function properly.
  • Digestion: Fats slow down digestive processes, providing your body with more time to absorb nutrients. They therefore can help maintain and prolong stable energy levels and satiety (a feeling of fullness). Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) can only be absorbed by your body when fat is present; these vitamins could otherwise be excreted via your urine and stool.
  • Lungs: Saturated fat is needed for the proper functioning of lung surfactant (a substance produced by the lungs that and helps you breathe normally).
  • Heart: Certain fats help to maintain a regular heart rhythm. Plus, fat literally keeps your heart ticking; as a primary cardiac fuel source, fat accounts for 60 percent of the heart’s fuel supply.
  • Brain: Fat is essential for proper memory, learning abilities, and mood regulation. Sixty percent of the brain is composed of fat. Consuming fat is especially important for pregnant women, since fats are essential to fetal brain development.
  • Cells: Cell membranes are composed of fatty acids. Fats allow cellular walls to be flexible, healthy and to retain their normal electrical conductivity.
  • Nerves: Fats create the material that protects and insulates nerves. This supports the internal communication system of the body by isolating electrical (nerve-based) impulses and speeding their transmission.
  • Eyes: Fats are essential to eye function and tissue health.
  • Organs: Fats protect and cushion your internal organs.

Some Dietary Healthy Fats

  • Olives and olive oil
  • Raw nuts, such as almonds, macadamia nuts
  • Grass fed meats
  • Coconuts and coconut oil
  • Organic pastured egg yolks
  • Palm oil
  • Butter made from raw grass-fed cows
  • Avocados
  • Unheated organic nut oils

 Read my article on how to cook with healthy fats and oils here…

 

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