Fat –The good, the bad, and the…not so ugly?*

Thursday, 2 March 2017, By Dan Roitman

As long as we consume fat in a controlled manner, it is extremely beneficial for our bodies. Fat has major roles in our system that allows us to function the way we do. It is essential to understand what fat does, what types of fat we need and how much fat we need on a daily basis.

We should all have a pretty good idea on how much fat we should be consuming in a day. However it is important to know how much fat certain foods have, especially the foods we like to eat daily.

Fat has 3 main roles in the human body;

  • Vitamin and Mineral transport: This means all the green foods that we are consuming are being used in the correct way and aren't being wasted. Without good fats in our body, we cannot transport the vitamins and minerals into our cells to be used. Therefore having the right amount of good fats in our body is essential to make sure we are taking in our micronutrient requirements.


  • Hair, skin and nail care: Fats help with the production of shiny hair, soft skin and strong nails. This makes our bodies look and feel much healthier.


  • Hormone Control: Fats play a massive role in hormone control in our bodies. Without the right amount of good fats in our system, our hormone production and hormone level control becomes unstable. Unbalanced hormonal levels can potentially lead to further issues in the body.

Although fats have many benefits for the body, we must remember that at the end of the day fat is still fat. This is why it is important to understand how much fat certain foods contain, and how much fat we should be consuming on a daily basis.

If we continuously consume an excessive amount of fats (regardless if they are good or bad fats), our bodies will begin to store this fat in other places that can begin to harm our bodies. As fat is an efficient source of energy, the body will continue to store it until it can no longer function properly. This can lead to heart and blood diseases such as a heart attack or coronary heart disease.

If you are unsure of how much fat, or what types of fats you should be consuming speak to your Personal Trainer and find the best foods for you to hit your fat macronutrient requirement.

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