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You Need Fat

The hot button nutritional topic in the last few weeks has been the commitment to remove trans fats from the majority of our food. Due to this, I feel as if many people are once again convinced that fats are bad for you, and that is simply not the case. Yes, there are good fats and bad fats, but it is important to remember this fact because you need fat in your diet! (and by diet, I mean what you eat, not your latest weight loss scheme)

Fat is incredibly important for you for a variety of reasons. One of the most important ones is most definitely because it is used as a source of energy for our day to day lives, and if we do not use it all, our bodies store it for future energy expenditure. Additionally, fats contain fatty acids which help in the growth and development of cells, which is essential for our nerves and our brain due to fats being part of myelin which helps our nerve cells to send electrical messages. On a more physical side, fats are needed to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair as well as assisting in our hormones which helps regulate a lot of things in our bodies.

So then what types of fats should you eat? Well, here are some suggestions of fats and how these foods are not only loaded with healthy fats, but have so many other added benefits as well.

One food that has some of the best fats out there is the avocado, obviously. It is not only great for your heart and your eyes, but it is also loaded with Vitamin K which is just as important as calcium and Vitamin D in the maintenance of healthy bones and even assists with calcium absorption. The added folate is also wonderful for expectant mothers and those with depression because it prevents the build up of homocysteine which can interfered with the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. As a result, avocado is obviously a superfood!

Another food that has a high level of good fat is eggs! Now vegans may not love them, but whole eggs are extremely nutritious. They are not only a significant source of Folate, Vitamin B5, Selenium, Vitamin B12, choline and other important nutrients, but they can also help to reduce bad cholesterol.

A third healthy fat is actually olives. Now, I’m not a huge fan of them, but you have to admit, they certainly pack a nutritious bunch. Olives and olive products are loaded with healthy fats that can reduce pain, protect against various cancers, protect against ulcers and helps to boost your iron intake, something that most people are running low in.

And although there are tons of other foods that pack in a lot of fat and other things that are beyond amazing for your diet, some of the most important ones are nuts and seeds. They are not only a great snack option, because they are super filling, but they are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and fiber and they can also help lower bad cholesterol.

So to those out there worrying about fats, do not worry! Trans fats are not good for you, but fat is necessary in your diet. And trust me, it gives you so much energy and has so many great health benefits that it is well worth it.

About Emily Hersey

Emily Hersey
Emily is an African Studies and History student who loves reading, the gym, hip hop and horses. If she's not working on her latest research project, she's definitely working towards her next trip to South Africa and doing her Master's degree there. Contact Emily: emily.hersey@youthindependent.com