Nutrition Basics

5 Key Roles of Fats

Despite being unfairly demonized in the 80s and 90s (and mostly being replaced by refined sugars), fats are your friend. Here are 5 reasons why, including one that affects every cell in your body!

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1. Fats provide energy.

Fat is a concentrated form of stored energy. Cells in the body can uptake fats directly as a source of fuel. Fat may even be the preferred source of fuel for the cells of the colon and research shows it helps with motility!  

2. Fats support satiety.

Because fats are a lovely fuel that burns long and slow, they can provide you with sustained energy throughout the day. This feels much better than the roller-coaster ride of energy highs and lows that a diet low in fat can create. 

3. Fats help make up cell membranes.

Fatty acids make up a substantial portion of the cell membranes which are like cell walls. Without adequate fatty acids, the cell walls can lose their structural integrity. This compromises your body’s ability to move nutrients from outside of cells to the inside of cells. This will have a negative impact on all sorts of bodily functions. Eating healthy fats is necessary for healthy cells.

4. Fats make food taste good!

During the low-fat movement, fat was removed from all sorts of foods and food products. Unfortunately, this doesn’t taste very good, so sugar was added to improve taste and texture. Sugar has no real nutritive value. It’s time to return to our roots and use healthy fats in food so that it tastes naturally delicious! 

5. Fats aid the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

You may know that some vitamins are water-soluble - like vitamin C - and others are fat-soluble - like vitamins A, D, E, K2 as well as some of the B vitamins. What this means is that in order to absorb these vitamins to be used in the body, they must be eaten with fat! Also, these fat-soluble vitamins are often found in foods that contain natural fats. Nature is pretty clever and packages the nutrients and fats together so that you can maximize the benefits! 

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