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Healthy Body Fat

Fat are always misunderstood as not healthy. But do you know that there are good fat and bad fat? Fat is also essential for our body. Let find out more about fat.

What is Fat?

Fat is a nutrient. It is crucial for normal body function and without it we could not live. Not only does fat supply us with energy, it also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their jobs. Fats, which consist of a wide group of compounds, are usually soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water. When dietary fat is digested, Fatty acids are produced. One fatty acid, the essential linoleic acid helps us absorb fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. It is also important for healthy skin and blood pressure regulation.

Why Fat is necessary for our body

Fats help nutrient absorption, nerve transmission, maintaining cell membrane integrity… etc. However, when consumed in excess amount, fats contribute to weight gain, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

How Fat works in our body

* Provides back-up energy if blood sugar supplies run out (after 4-6 hours without food). * Provides insulation under the skin from the cold and the heat. * Protects organs and bones from shock and provides support for organs. * Fat surrounds and insulates nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses. * Fat is part of every cell membrane in the body. It helps transport nutrients and metabolites across cell membranes. * Your body uses fat to make a variety of other building blocks needed for everything from hormones to immune function.

Fats are not created equal. Some fats promote our health positively while other increases our risks of heart disease. The key is to replace bad fats with good fats in our diet. The body needs omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to complete many important internal processes including; brain function, body repair and regeneration, as well as skin elasticity. When you avoid all fat, you miss out on the essential fatty acids your body needs and you put your health in danger, as well as risking poor brain function.

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