A lot of us believed it when we were told that ‘fat makes you fat’. The result was a huge variety of low fat and fat free foods that many people flocked to. Unfortunately, the claim that ‘fat makes you fat’ is untrue. People need to have a certain amount of healthy fats in their diet.
Here are 5 reasons why:
Fat absorbs vitamins.
If you go on a low/non-fat diet you’ll soon notice that your hair and skin will become dry, your nails will become brittle and you’ll feel weak. This is because you need fat to help absorb fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E and K.
Fat keeps you feeling fuller longer.
Fat takes longer to digest than carbs or protein. This means that you’ll feel fuller longer and you won’t end up eating more than you need. If you’ve ever been on a super low-fat diet you’ll probably have experienced some intense cravings for fatty foods. This is your body’s way of getting you to eat the fat it needs. If you’re getting enough of the right fats you won’t get those crazy intense cravings.
Keep your hormones in check.
Fat is used to produce sex hormones. If you don’t get enough fat in your diet you can really mess with your hormones which can cause all sorts of health and reproductive issues.
Fat is good for your brain.
Fat is a crucial part of your brain structure. It protects the nerve fibres in your brain by forming an insulating layer around them. Fat also helps the nerves carry messages faster. If you’ve ever been on a low-fat diet you may have noticed a feeling of ‘brain fog’. Your brain can’t operate optimally without enough of the right fats.
Fat is an essential part of cell structure.
The membrane of every single cell in your body needs fat to form properly. Without fat the integrity of your cells is compromised which could lead to self-destruction of the cells leading ultimately to health issues.
Excellent Sources of Fat:
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines and herring
Nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts just to name a few
Healthy oils such as olive, hemp, grapeseed and coconut
Full fat yogurt – go for Greek for the higher protein 😉
Butter! Butter is a great source of healthy fat. It’s a natural food and as long as you don’t over eat it, it’s a great source of fat to include in your diet.