What are the benefits of eating fat?

Fats are our slow release energy source. They actually last 3 -4 hours before they are used up. It is the fats in our diet that actually make us feel full when we eat and give us the signal to stop eating. Fat is also necessary for healthy hair and skin, normal menstrual cycles and the transport in to the cells of vitamins A, D, E & K. The American Heart Association Heart Healthy Diet recommends 25 to 30 % of our total caloric intake should come from fats.
Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Although fats have a bad reputation for causing weight gain, some fats are essential for survival. We need fats for normal growth and development, energy, absorption of vitamins A, D, E, K, and carotenoids, as well as for the cushioning of organs.
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The name says it all: Fat makes you fat, right? Wrong! Eating a small amount of fat actually helps you feel fuller faster, as it triggers satiety (or fullness) signals, causing you to eat less overall. Not only that, eating the right fats aids in the absorption of healthy vitamins. Seek out the polyunsaturated fats you’ll find in liquid oils, like canola and safflower oil. Unlike saturated fats, they won’t raise bad blood cholesterol levels and may even reduce the risk of a heart attack. To get your healthy fat fix, also look for omega-3 oils from fish, krill, seafood, algae, flaxseeds, and walnuts, as well as olive oil, which is a source of both monounsaturated fats and omega-3s.

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At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.

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