The fat scare is finally coming to an end, because fat is extremely important in many of the body’s functions.
Here is just a snippet of what the body uses the fat for:
– the membrane of all our cells, which protects the internal environment from harmful substances, consists of fat and needs fat to stay strong and healthy.
– a large part of the brain is made up of fat, and the brain lives on fat. It uses i.a. fat to insulate the nerve pathways with.
– the content of cholesterol in the blood also depends on the type of fat we consume. Too much saturated fat increases i.a. the amount of LDL cholesterol, which is responsible for transporting cholesterol from the liver to the body. When there is too much of that type of cholesterol, it settles on the inside of the veins where it forms fat deposits. Monounsaturated fatty acids, in turn, cause the “glorious cholesterol” HDL cholesterol to rise, and it captures the free cholesterol in the blood so that atherosclerosis is avoided.
– the fat-soluble and vital vitamins A, D, E & K can not be absorbed in the body if no fat is present.
The immune system
– has i.a. need OMEGA 3 fatty acids, which act as signaling substances for the immune system and not least vitamin A & D, which can only be absorbed if fat is present.
The skin cells
– use fat to keep the water in, so we avoid getting dry skin.
– fat must be used to burn fat, and fat inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates in a meal so that blood sugar is stabilized.
However, fat is not just fat, and it must still be enjoyed in moderation both in terms of general health and possibly. weight loss. To understand the difference between the different types of fats, they are divided as follows:
Comes primarily from meat, cheese & other fatty dairy products as well as coconuts.
However, there are different varieties of saturated fat, where the fat from meat, butter and the fatty dairy products in excessive amounts can cause the following disadvantages, whereas other varieties such as. coconut oil contributes positively to the health of the body.
Advantages: benefits in limited amounts the cell membranes.
Disadvantages: in excessive amounts can inhibit the supply of nutrients and the excretion of waste products through the cell wall, which damages the function of the cells. In addition, it may increase the risk of circulatory problems.
SINGLE SATURATED FAT
Comes primarily from nuts, avocados, olives, olive and rapeseed oil.
Advantages: i.a. anti-inflammatory effect and positive effect on cholesterol levels. In addition, it is beneficial for the circulation and can thus prevent cardiovascular disease.
Comes primarily from fish & shellfish, nuts & kernels as well as most vegetable oils.
Here again, there are different varieties of polyunsaturated fats. Those with omega 3 fatty acids have a health-promoting effect, whereas excessive doses of omega 6 fatty acids can have the opposite effect.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found e.g. in fatty fish, shellfish, flaxseed, walnuts & pumpkin seeds.
Omega 6 fatty acids are found e.g. in grape seed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, olive oil, almonds, peanuts etc.
Advantages: i.a. anti-inflammatory effect as well as positive effect on cholesterol levels, which can protect against arthritis and circulatory diseases. Improves cell communication.