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Fat:  A Macronutrient

Fat: A Macronutrient

 

"Healthy Fats"

Poor fats!  They’ve developed such a bad reputation.  But fat is actually one of the three macronutrients that our bodies need to function properly.  Essential fatty acids store energy and provide insulation and protection for vital organs.  They act as messengers and start chemical reations that control many aspects of metabolism.  Bottom line, we need fat!

That said, just like everything else, there are good ones and bad ones so know the difference.

Despite the fatphobia that’s been around for a long time (fat-free everything) obesity rates continue to rise and heart disease has not declined.  So, what’s the skinny on fat?

  • 25%-35% of daily caloric intake should come from healthy fats
  • Choose monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats rather than saturated or trans  fats.

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