Fats: Benefits For The Body

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:

  1. It is a kind of fuel for the body, a source of energy.
  2. A “pillow” that protects internal organs from injuries
  3. A “coat” that protects the body from hypothermia. Thin people are usually more cold.
  4. The “bricks” that make up the cell membrane.
  5. Influence the processes of growth and development of the body.
  6. They form sex and other hormones.
  7. The brain cannot function properly without fats.
  8. 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.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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