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Is having fat in my diet essential for a healthy body?

Kelly Traver
Internal Medicine

Fat is essential to the life of all cells. It helps you maintain healthy skin and hair, transport fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) throughout your body, and regulate blood cholesterol. Dietary fats also give you a feeling of satiety after a meal because fat slows down the stomach's emptying time. The best-known role of fat is its ability to store the body's extra energy, but it is also quite active-fat deposits secrete more than a hundred different chemicals that can affect your health.

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