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7 Reasons Why You Need More Fat in Your Diet

There are a lot of confusing messages when it comes to nutrition, because sometimes there are conflicting health suggestions from various experts. How do you decide which nutritional advice is best for your health? When it comes to weight loss and optimal health, the topic of fat consumption is one of these confusing topics, and many people assume that it is best to decrease their fat consumption in order to avoid weight gain.

The truth is that there are many reasons why fat is good for your health, you just need to make sure that you are consuming the right types of fat. Here are 7 reasons why you need to have fat in your diet:

  1. Healthy Cells: Fat is a necessary part of the cell membranes, and it supports the overall health of each cell within your body.
  2. Vitamins: Certain vitamins are “fat-soluble” which means that you need fat for those vitamins to be absorbed into the body. The intestines can absorb these vitamins when healthy fat is available: Vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  3. Energy: If you want the most efficient source of energy for your body, then you need to eat more fat. One gram of fat provides nine calories of energy, which is more than double the four calories of energy found within proteins and carbohydrates.
  4. Communication: Good communication within the body is essential for all of the major functions, and fat assists with the communication within brain cell membranes and the fibers surrounding your nerves.
  5. Better Skin: Improving the health of your skin is easy by incorporating more fat into your diet. Fat gives the skin its rounded appeal, and it also acts as the insulation within the skin to regulate body temperature.
  6. Hormones: Balancing the hormones impacts so many functions within the body, and fats are the structural components of many of the hormones and hormone-like substances within the body.
  7. Organ Protection: It is important that the vital organs are protected, and fat acts as the barrier of protection to your heart, kidneys, and other organs.

Generally, plant fats are the best for your health because they contain unsaturated fat. But, there are certain plant fats that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids which should be avoided. Examples of “healthy” fats include avocado, fish oil, or flax oil. If you have cancer, it best to minimize your fat consumption as much as possible.

Do you want to learn to cook with healthy sources of fat? Unravel the Mystery Recipe Book includes delicious recipes that use the best ingredients. Also, you can read Unravel the Mystery, by Ann Malkmus, to learn more about how fat and other nutrients can impact cancer healing and prevention.

Comments

  1. Good tip,thanks. What about coconut oil?

  2. Can you explain further fat’s role in providing energy for the body? Regardless of how many calories are in a fat cell, every cell in the body burns glucose…a form of carbohydrate. Would you think that a fat cell is the best source of glucose?

    Please help.
    ka

    • Christy Okon March 17, 2015

      Fats are complex molecules composed of fatty acids and glycerol. The body needs fats for growth and energy. It also uses them to synthesize hormones and other substances needed for the body’s activities (such as prostaglandins).

      Fats are the slowest source of energy but the most energy-efficient form of food. Each gram of fat supplies the body with about 9 calories, more than twice that supplied by proteins or carbohydrates. Because fats are such an efficient form of energy, the body stores any excess energy as fat. The body deposits excess fat in the abdomen (omental fat) and under the skin (subcutaneous fat) to use when it needs more energy. The body may also deposit excess fat in blood vessels and within organs, where it can block blood flow and damage organs, often causing serious disorders.

  3. Mancy polino March 13, 2015

    I have cancer and this is the first time I have heard this. Is there science to back up these claims of avoiding these fats. Thanks

    • Christy Okon March 24, 2015

      I highly recommend the book by Ann Malkmus, “Unravel The Mystery A Simple Effective Approach To Beat Cancer.” It has all the information and the sources listed for you, plus a daily routine to follow while you are fighting cancer.

  4. How much fat should we eat a day and what kind ?

    • Christy Okon March 16, 2015

      We need 10 to 15% of our daily calories from good unprocessed fats – avocados, nuts, seeds, flax seed oil and Pharmax fish oil for the omega 3s and DHA.

  5. There’s plenty of natural fat in the fruits and vegetables we eat that we don’t need any extra added fat in our diets. Too many avocados and too many nuts are unhealthy. Added fats in the form of (processed) oils are unhealthy. Stick to foods as grown and greatly limit fatty ones like nuts, olives, avocados, durians.

  6. Ref: plant fats that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids which should be avoided.

    Hi, can you tell us what plants contain polyunsaturated fatty acid as mentioned in the article? Thank you.

    • Christy Okon March 16, 2015

      Most foods contain a combination of fats. Foods high in polyunsaturated fat include a number of plant-based oils, including:
      soybean oil,
      corn oil and
      sunflower oil, as well as
      fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout.
      Other sources include some nuts and seeds such as walnuts and sunflower seeds, tofu and soybeans.

  7. i am a vegan for many years i eat avacoda ,yucon patatoes, yams. vegan pizza, almond milk, all raw veggies,i am allergic fish so what is pharmax fish oil?

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