• Wayne Hopkins

Not all Fats are created equal

Roses are red
Violets are blue
All types of fat
are not bad for you.

Fats are vital to our body, in fact, certain ones are known as Essential Fatty Acids (because the body cannot make them, they must be consumed in our diet). Fats actually provide the highest “bang for your buck” in terms of energy source in fact 9 calories per gram of fat consumed, where Carbohydrate and Protein are each 4 calories per gram and alcohol 7 calories per gram.

All fats are not created equal, as we have saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and the bad one trans fats (which are man-made and dangerous and to be avoided completely if possible)

Purpose of fats

· Reducing inflammation in the body which is the number one cause of chronic disease.

· Carry fat-soluble nutrients around the body

· Brain function and development

· The membrane of the cells of your body is made of up to 70% fat.

· The human brain is up to 60% fat.

· Improve blood cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity

· Improve immune function

Don’t cut out fats from your diet - they play a very important role.

You should, however, look at options for better fats to consume. The problem is saturated fats are not exclusively saturated fat, they have unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids also. Cutting out Trans fats is the first goal. They are man-made and have been created to help increase the shelf life of food. Trans fats are extremely harmful to humans due to a process called hydrogenation which, turns unsaturated fatty acids into saturated fatty acids. Eliminate these ASAP!

If optimal health is a desire of you or for someone you care about - do yourself a favour and complete a food diary for a minimum of 7 days. I recommend the MyFitnessPal app which has a great tool you could use. It will make you aware of your current macro levels and where you may need to make changes.

Just think of it like a nutritional budget, no different to what you do when you are looking to move forward with your finances, becoming aware is the first step.

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