Let’s talk about FATS!
What are fats? Why do we need them? How much of them do we need? Where can we get them? 🤔
Too often people bad mouth fats/say dont eat fats or fats make you fat, is this true? NO! Fats are given a bad name or demonized in trendy diets/clubs, but they actually very important and should be included in your diet.
Fats are macro nutrients which means they are needed in large amounts (individualized) as part of a healthy balanced diet. Fats contain 9 calories per gram. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself.
Fat is used as the bodies main way to store energy, offers insulation and protection, and plays important roles in regulating and signaling.As well as helping to keep our skin healthy. Fat helps the body absorb vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K, these vitamins are fat-soluable which means they can only be absorbed with the use of fats. Not only is healthy fat essential for overall health, it is also important for hormonal balance. For example, adipose tissue secretes the hormone leptin, which signals the body’s energy status and helps to regulate appetite. Fat is also required for reproductive health; a woman who lacks adequate amounts may stop menstruating. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids help regulate cholesterol and blood clotting and control inflammation in the joints, tissues, and bloodstream. As well as supporting brain function 🧠
Fats slow down the digestion of foods which will keep you fuller for longer!
As part of a healthy diet you should replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats. It is recomended to consume minimum 1g of fat per kg of body weight for optimal health or 25% of your daily calories. Swipe for sources of fat ➡️