Fats are good for you! Your body needs fats!
Positives: It is a major source of energy, helps you absorb vitamins and minerals, it builds cell membranes, and it protects your organs. Fat is also essential for blood clotting, muscle movement and inflammation. Having a healthy amount of fat keeps your skin and hair healthy, too.
You want to focus more on the good fats, which are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats, if you have an abundance, can lead to a rise in cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. However, five to six percent of saturated fats need to be in your diet to stay healthy.
The main reason I think we are so afraid of fat is because they can pack on the calories quick. One gram of fat equals nine calories, the highest ratio of your macros, where protein and carbohydrates are each four calories per gram. Avoiding fats does keep the calorie count down, but your body won’t be functioning to its full potential.
So what to eat when you need to have some fat in your diet:
Nuts. Walnuts are a great source of omega-3’s, which are great for the brain and hair; almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios and hazelnuts also make the cut.
Seeds. Seeds are full of the good stuff like nuts. Chia, flax, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin!
Oils. Great ones for cooking or to add to smoothies or salad dressings to add creaminess and taste. Sesame seed, avocado, coconut, macadamia nut, grape seed, and extra virgin olive oil.
Also fish! Salmon is awesome, as well as packed with protein.
So don’t fear fat, learn to love it!