For years now, people looking to lose weight and get healthy have cut out fat from their diets as their first line of defense against obesity and heart disease. But fat has gotten a bad rap, and the fact is that many people are simply not getting enough of this very necessary nutrient.
Why Do I Need Fat In My Diet?
Some types of fat are a healthy and necessary part of the human diet. Fat is essential for the body and for healthy brain function. Fat provides energy and nutrients for cells, organs and things like your skin, hair and nails.
The key is getting the right types of fat in healthy amounts. Large amounts of animal fat, also known as saturated fat, can be unhealthy and lead to heart disease. Healthier unsaturated fats are ideal, and should make up 20 to 35 percent of your daily dietary intake.
What Are Healthy Fats?
Unsaturated fats, which include both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, are found in many healthy foods. What are some examples? Certain types of fish, nuts, seeds and produce contain these fats:
As you can see, fat is an important part of the diet. Weight loss does not mean cutting them out; it simply means making the right choices and eating a balanced diet. Exercise plays an important role in heart health and weight loss, too.
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