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Macronutrients – Pt.2

February 3, 2014

Fat

This word is usually seen as “dirty, ugly or stay away from” when spoken about in terms of nutrition with people saying that fat makes you just that, FAT.

The truth is that dietary fat is actually VERY important for us humans, a few of many roles are:

  • Normal growth and development
  • Energy (fat is the most concentrated source of energy)
  • Absorbing certain vitamins ( like vitamins A, D, E, K, and carotenoids)
  • Providing cushioning for the organs
  • Maintaining cell membranes
  • Providing taste, consistency, and stability to foods

There are three main types of fatty acids followed by dietary examples

  1. Saturated – Meat, butter and cream
  2. Unsaturated – Olive oil, avocados and nuts
  3. Trans fats – baked goods, snack foods, fried foods and margarine = processed foods.

Simply by replacing Saturated and Trans fats in your diet to Unsaturated fats the risk of heart disease is reduced.

My favorite sources of fats include the following:

  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Coconut oil
  • Butter
  • Eggs

 

 

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