When it comes to fat, people are afraid to consume this macronutrient because we
automatically associate it with gaining weight or health related concerns. Let’s admit it, we
all love this Macronutrient from kids to adults, everyone enjoys different forms of fatty
foods. But are all fats bad? Just as we discussed how protein is essential to our body, fats
also have a very important role!
Fat has many jobs once it enters our body. To start fat is needed to build cell
membranes and the sheaths surrounding our nerves. Stored fat also known as Adipose
tissue cushions and insulates our internal organs and help transport vitamins (A, D, E, and
K) throughout our entire body. Most importantly, Fat provides the highest concentration
of energy, one gram of fat equals 9 calories! Fat is the main energy source for long
duration, low to moderate intensity work outs.
There is a difference, and not all fats are created equal! There are different type of
fats, Saturated fats, Unsaturated fats, and trans fats. Let’s identify what each are!
Saturated fats are mainly going to come from animal sources such as, eggs, yogurt, meat,
and etc. Saturated fat should be limited to about 10% of one’s daily caloric intake!
Unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and will be plant
based foods. Unsaturated fats will help lower cholesterol and lower the risk of heart
disease. Some examples of unsaturated fats are, avocados, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Lastly
our very favorite, the reason fats in general get a bad reputation! TRANS FAT! Trans fats
will come from industrial products and usually man made! All the snacks, junk foods, and
fast foods to briefly give examples. Trans fat should be limited as our bodies do not need
this type of fat to perform for us. Trans fat is the reason behind why many individuals give
a bad rep to fats in general and try to consume as minimal as possible in efforts to decrease
weight gain! Eating foods high in trans fat will increase harmful levels of LDL cholesterol
in our bloodstream reducing good cholesterol known as HDL. Trans fats also contributes
to heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Like Saturated fats, Trans fats has absolutely no
benefits to our health!
So you see while we generalize fat as being bad not all fats are created equal and