The Skinny on Fat


The Benefits of Fat

Fat is an essential part of the diet and although a lot of people tend to be afraid of fat –don’t be. Fat doesn’t make you fat.

In fact, fat does a lot of good for the body.

It helps absorb the vitamins and minerals that you can get from vegetables and proper nutrition.

Fat improves cell-membrane health which in turn can help you achieve healthy skin, hair, and nails. And even more – fat supports a healthy brain, a healthy heart, and decreases your risk for different diseases.

Does Fat make you Fat?

Fat has the most calories per gram, which may be where the fat-makes-you-fat myth came from. The myth might have also come from the belief that dietary cholesterol would increase your body’s cholesterol.

Regardless of where the negative stigma around fat came from, there is no doubting that dietary fat has a host of benefits and is necessary for a well-rounded and healthy diet.

Good Fat versus Bad Fat

Fat can come in three forms: unsaturated fats, saturated fats, and trans-fatty acids (Trans fats).

Unsaturated fats usually maintain their form regardless of temperature and are found in a variety of oils, seeds, nuts, fish, and avocado.

Saturated fats are mostly solid at room temperature and mostly found in animal products like in butter, cheese, and meats; however, coconut oil is a saturated fat that is packed with a wide variety of health benefits.

Trans-fatty acids, or trans fats, are “man-made” fats that are most commonly found in processed foods. Trans-fats are the fats that are “bad” and should be avoided at all costs.