Fats are not your enemy - Macronutrients

01:14 Eugene Madondo 0 Comments

How many times do you hear people complaining about eating fatty foods and blaming eating foods with fat for their weight problems? Others even go as far as trying to get rid of fat from their diet, not realizing that fat is not their enemy and that yes fat does lead them to becoming obese but that fat also has some vital functions in our bodies.

The most common mistake that people make is to assume that all fat is the same, that it is all bad for you. That is not true; the truth is there are many fats that are very good for you commonly referred to as the good fats and there are many more fats that are bad for you commonly referred to you as “bad fats”. There are 3 kinds of fats and I will start off by telling you about the “bad Fats” which are 2/3 of all kinds of fats, saturated fats and trans fats.  An example of a saturated fat is butter saturated fats are usually found in animal products like meat and some examples of trans fats or where they are found is margarine and cookies and other foods made using hydrogenated oils.
unsaturated fat

I have mentioned 2 types of oils that are bad for you already above, trans fats and saturated fats which contribute to your bodies bad cholesterol. The third types of fats however are the “good fats”, the unsaturated fats which are found in nuts, fish, olive oil, vegetable oil and so on.

Some benefits of fats are that they are used as a source of energy by the body especially if you are very active, that is why you find that active people have less fat because they burn it as energy during their workouts or whichever activities they are involved in. Fats assist in the absorption of some micronutrients (vitamins) by our bodies.  Fats help with our development and growth, fats play a role in brain development and blood clothing. Fat also plays a role in making you feel full and could actually prevent you from over eating. Fat provides 9 calories per gram, higher than every other macronutrient; this can be good or bad for you. If you eat too much fat this means you consume more calories so you get fatter but energy wise this is good especially if you are active, because fat does not get used up as quickly or as easily as carbohydrates as energy the body fat that is stored in your body as energy (more long term source).

Some fats are good for you as I mentioned above but even good nutrients are not god for you if you consume too much of them, they will make you gain weight. The trick is not to restrict one nutrient or the other, we need all nutrients to be healthy therefore we need to have a diet that includes a balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates as well as micronutrients if we want to be healthy. People think eating fat makes them fat but it’s actually over eating, even if they ate only carbohydrates they would still get fat if they were eating more than they needed and they would not develop properly and have health problems because of the lack of other nutrients that are needed by the body. 

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