It's an unfortunate coincidence that one of our 3 macronutrients has a name that conjures up negative thoughts for so many of us. When we hear the word "fat" we immediately think of images of being morbidly obese, eating junk food and being lazy and in turn for so many years the majority of us have avoided fat in our food like the plague.
However, does fat in our food actually make us FAT??? The short answer is no. Fat is an essential ingredient in our everyday diet and funnily enough eating more fat can make you burn (body) fat more efficiently!
Over the course of the next few posts, I will give you some insight into why we should be eating more fat, which fat to eat and why, and also some recipe ideas to add a little more fat into your diet!
One of the many reasons fat is an essential nutrient in our diet is that it plays an important part in allowing your body to absorb vitamins like A, D, E & K. These vitamins are called "fat-soluble" vitamins which means that without fat being present when the vitamins are consumed your body actually can't get the benefit from the vitamins. A simple example of this is carrots-carrots are high in Beta-Carotene and Vitamin K, nutrients which both need fat to also be consumed to help the body absorb the benefits of these nutrients. So, when you eat those carrot sticks in the afternoon as a snack and think that they are doing your body lots of good, if you haven't had some fats alongside these (for example some homemade hommus or a boiled egg) your body won't actually get the benefit from them!
Vitamins A, D, E & K are often referred to as our "look good and feel good" vitamins and it is often a good indicator that you're getting the benefits of fat when you have bright shiny, hair, skin, nails and eyes! So, next time you're thinking about having an afternoon snack of carrot sticks on their own-ask yourself what fats you can pair with these little orange veggies to increase your body's ability to look and feel great!
Part 2 of this post will explain why fat will help to make you lean!
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