LET'S TALK ABOUT FAT!!
By Kay Brewster
I know a lot of people were traumatized by the low-fat movement of the 80’s and 90’s either directly, or by their parents trying to follow the latest recommendations. Fats are a complex and confusing part of nutrition; here’s a little crash course on why they matter and are included in our diets!
Here’s what dietary fats do for our body:
-They give us energy! Calorie per gram, they’re the most nutrient dense!
-They are important to help us make and maintain hormones!
-It helps our brain and nervous system form and helps each individual cell build the appropriate membranes to function!
-It helps us transport Vitamin A, D, E and K!
-Dietary fats GIVE us those fatty acids we can’t make on our own; the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) I'm sure you've heard about!
Here’s a few other nuggets to take home with you:
-It can be hard to shake that fat-phobia, but try to embrace your healthy fats! They’re important for normal function!
-Don’t be afraid of eggs, you’ve heard they’ve got a lot of saturated fat, but that’s actually not true! They’ve got a combination of fats, some saturated fat, some mono and poly unsaturated fats too; most foods do.
-All these variety of fat…These structures are important on a chemical level. Eat a variety of foods, get a variety of good fats.
-Try to avoid artificially hydrogenated fats…these are the dreaded trans fats that we DO know negatively impact our health, they can taste good and have great shelf life…but they don’t have a place in RP
Check out this article from Precision Nutrition for a more in depth look at the chemical structures and roles fat plays in our bodies.
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