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In modern times, our society is often overly focused on physical appearance so much so that many people forget about staying healthy. However, the truth is that even if you are trying to lose weight it is important to incorporate fat into your diet.
Despite popular belief, deciding to remove all fat from your diet is actually a move that is bad for your health, rather than good for it. It is not the total amount of fat in your diet that affects your weight or susceptibility to disease; rather it is the types of fat. Here are four reasons why and how you should incorporate fat into your diet.
1. Fat plays an important role in your body
Fat is a biological tool that has many functions throughout the body. It is involved in cell membranes and is the chemical starting point for many compounds, including the hormones estrogen and testosterone as well as vitamins, such as Vitamin D.
Removing all fat from your diet prevents these processes from occurring and can result in your body lacking in essential vitamins and under-producing important hormones.The key is to focus on the kind of fat you put into your body. More important is to focus on consuming a proportionately greater amount of unsaturated fats than saturated ones.
2. Unsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease
Fats can be broken down into two groups, unsaturated and saturated fats. Saturated fats are the type of fat that you find in foods such as bacon, cheese, butter and steak. Scientific evidence links this type of fat to an increased risk of heart disease and other negative health effects. However, research suggests that the most effective way to avoid these problems is not to cut fat out of your diet, but to replace saturated fat with unsaturated fat.
3. Unsaturated fats have a number of positive health benefits
Unsaturated fat is often referred to as the ‘good’ fat and has many positive benefits to the body, including reducing inflammation and improving cholesterol levels. There are two forms of unsaturated fats and both are required in the diet. Monounsaturated fats can be found in peanut, canola and olive oils, as well as foods such as avocados, nuts, and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds and hazelnuts. Polyunsaturated fats are in other oils, such as corn, flaxseed, as well as in flax seeds themselves, walnuts, and fish.
One very good way of incorporating unsaturated fat into your diet is to eat fish at least two times each week and to eat seeds and nuts such as those listed above, both of which are high in these fats. You can take some in a snack bag, or throw them on top of oatmeal or a fruit salad for something a little different.
4. Saturated fat has health benefits, too
Saturated fats are often promoted as something that should be entirely cut from the diet and that anything containing saturated fats should be avoided whenever humanly possible. However, this is not necessarily true. Saturated fats do play a beneficial role in the body when in small quantities. Saturated fat in the diet reduces the amount of lipoprotein(a). This compound has been associated with heart disease and cannot be lowered by any other known dietary means.
Saturated fat has been reported to increase the strength of bones, which is especially important in older men and women. Other benefits include increased lung health, brain health, and nerve signaling. Accessing saturated fat in the diet isn’t that difficult because most of the foods that people love to eat already contain high amounts of it.
Fat intake, like for most compounds, is all about maintaining a balance. While conventional wisdom tells us that we should remove all sources of fat from our diets, the truth is significantly different. The presence of a substantial amount of unsaturated fat, along with some saturated fat helps our bodies to work much better and to be healthier. It can also decrease our risk of getting diseases, such as heart disease, as well as increase the health of some organs.
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