Anyone who has ever read a food label has probably noticed that any food consists of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. For normal life, we need to consume these substances on a daily basis.
Let’s talk about fats.
There are many myths about their harmfulness associated with this product – “fats cause obesity”, “they are harmful to the body”, “cholesterol from fats slags up blood vessels” … Let’s try to figure it out – are fats harmful or are they still useful?
No nutritionist will ever recommend that you cut out fat from your diet. And here’s why:
Useful properties of fats:
- It is a kind of fuel for the body, a source of energy.
- A “pillow” that protects internal organs from injuries
- A “coat” that protects the body from hypothermia. Thin people are usually more cold.
- The “bricks” that make up the cell membrane.
- Influence the processes of growth and development of the body.
- They form sex and other hormones.
- The brain cannot function properly without fats.
- Promote rapid recovery after physical activity.
As you can see, if you exclude all fats from your diet because of a fat-free diet or because you are afraid of cholesterol, your health will deteriorate dramatically, because most of them are not synthesized in the body – they must come from food. It can be food of plant or animal origin.
How much fat should you eat per day? After all, we know that they contain a lot of calories. The norms of fat consumption are as follows: for women aged 18 to 30, 90-120 grams per day, for men of the same age, 100-160 grams.
After 30 years, the norm decreases by about 10 grams. For women – from 85 to 112 grams, for men – from 100 to 150 grams. After the age of 40, both men and women should eat an average of 70 grams of various fats per day.