The consumption of fats in daily food have multiple benefits for our body. It is essential to consume them!
But first, let's define what fats are:
Also known as lipids, they are the densest source of calories required by the human body. They are found mainly in foods of animal and vegetable origin and perform various functions such as:
- Protect the organs.
- Isolate the cold.
- Transport vitamins A, D, E, K (fat-soluble vitamins).
- Provide essential fatty acids.
- Formation of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and leptin.
- Produce molecules of the immune system which help to protect against infections by viruses or bacteria.
- Contribute to the development of brain functions.
- Help learning, concentration and maintenance of memory.
Similarly, fats in our daily diet provide energy, is what we know as calories, but you should keep in mind what to consume and what to avoid.
What fats should I consume?
All fats are healthy if consumed in the right amount and moderately. They are divided into those of plant and animal origin.
On the other hand, those of animal origin are present in:
Some cuts in the beef
Remember that 20% and 30% of the calories we need daily should come from fats.
Let's clarify the myths:
- The consumption of fats DOES NOT cause weight gain. On the contrary, high-fat foods generate a sense of satisfaction which drives us to eat less.
- It is not good to eliminate fats from the daily diet. This will cause the metabolism to become slow and the body begins to generate reserves, which causes the body to increase more fats than they should.
- The absence of these can also cause fatigue, irritability and sadness because it alters some hormonal systems. NOT all fats are bad for health. Saturated and unsaturated fats are found in foods naturally and do no harm to health.
A healthy lifestyle and a balanced consumption of fats in the daily diet is of vital importance due to the amount of benefits they bring.