Breakthrough Benefits of Eating Fat

Breakthrough Benefits of Eating Fat

Why You Should Be Eating Fat For Health and Fitness

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Written by: Femi Doyle-Marshall

 

Not too long ago I took some time to dedicate one entire list to fat.

Not mid section, back or thigh fat yet the fatty acid compound consumed in our daily foods. What is interesting about this powerful macronutrient is over the years it has gotten quite a bad name. Reasons relating to raising cholesterol levels, increasing cardiovascular disease among other countless other concerns. What has been found over the last 10 years is a breakthrough.

You may be surprised of the benefits eating it.

My objective today is to help uncover some of the benefits of eating fat. The insight here will allow you to make a more calculated decision when you are preparing your meals on a day to day basis.

First before we dive in let me give you a brief overview of the two types of fat.

 

Saturated and Unsaturated Fat (Mono and Polyunsaturated)

Saturated Fats: Is the most solid of the two fat categories at room temperature. You can easily notice this comparing butter to oils. Many animal fats are saturated and a number of plant based sources exist as well. Some sources of saturated fats include: avocados, butters, gee, coconuts, chocolates and meat.

Unsaturated Fats (Mono and Polyunsaturated)Is the most liquid of the two fat categories at room temperature. As mentioned earlier comparing butter to oil can be a fast analysis. Many plant and fish based sources are unsaturated. Some sources of unsaturated fats include: oils, seeds and fish.

Grasping a firm understanding of the two categories is the first step. Some studies have leaned towards having a higher amount of unsaturated fats compared to saturated fat in a regular daily diet for health.

 

Benefits of Eating Fat

Enhancing Brain Function: The brain is primarily made of fat. A diet rich with omega-3 fatty acids has the ability to enhance brain health by reducing deficiencies. This nutrient alone can aiding with learning and  boost memory for individuals.

Controlling Inflammation: Inflammation can be chronic. Depending on the cause your nutrition may play a significant role in how your body responds to each inflammatory response. Consuming fat has the ability to assist in the reduction of inflammation. Effects have been shown for a number of cases (1, 2, 3). One recent article did counter this argument (1).

Skin & Cell Health: Your body is exposed constantly to external (ie. sun and physical cell damage) and internal (ie. inflammation) stressors which can break it down. Human skin is one tissue to certainly consider. With consumption of fat a protective layering can be made for your body to help you heal and reduce cellular breakdown (1).

Fat Loss: Gradual caloric restriction by far is the greatest response to produce fat and weight loss. Using fat as our focus, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has shown to assist in fat loss and weight loss over a duration of time (1).

Combine these with any healthy active lifestyle and you are on your way to success.

 

 

And that’s it for today. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help make what you need happen! Feel free to reach out if you have any concerns at all.

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