4 Reasons You Should Eat Fat

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I used to believe that fat was the enemy. After all, that’s what we’ve been taught, right? Buy low fat yogurt; eat fat-free cottage cheese; use margarine instead of butter. Fat is the root of high cholesterol and heart disease. We all made it our goal to cut out fat from our diets yet, people are still gaining weight, cancer is rising, and heart disease is still a number one killer.

So, we have to ask ourselves, is cutting fat out of our diets really the solution to our health problems, or could it actually be the cause?

The truth is, by consuming healthy fat in your daily diet (along with a balance of protein and carbohydrates), your body will work its best and make you healthier.

Here are 4 Reasons You Should Eat Fat

  1. Fat reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of all chronic diseases. You’ve heard that saturated fat causes heart disease, but new research proves that good fat is not the problem. What causes problems in our body are such acts as consuming refined carbohydrates, trans fats, sugar, processed oils, stress and lack of sleep. So, when we have inflammation, our body has to heal the inflammation instead of getting rid of doing what it should be doing, such as losing weight.
  1. Fat keeps us full. Fat may be higher in calories than carbs and protein, but the good thing is, when we consume fat, it sends a signal to our brain that we’re full, so we stop eating. This leads to actually consuming fewer calories in the end. When you consume a low-fat diet, you feel hungry and deprived, which leads us to food cravings.
  1. Fat doesn’t make us fat. When you eat a carbohydrate, it turns into sugar which then the pancreas secretes insulin to give you energy.  If there is excess sugar in our body, it gets stored as fat which leads to weight gain. undesirable weight gain. But, when you add protein and good fats, your blood sugar levels are kept in check. So, then the pancreas secretes glucagon (fat burning hormone) allowing the body to burn fat. So, eating fruits and vegetables as your main carbohydrate sources along with adding fats and protein will allow extra fat to be burned off.
  1. Fat reduces cravings. When we are told to cut out fat, chances are you will end up being hungry sooner and develop major cravings. You see, fat sends a signal to our brain that we’re full. So restricting fat and consuming low-fat products just sets you up for endless cravings. Adding fat back into your diet will cause those sugar cravings to disappear.

 

Tip: Not all fats are created equal! There is a difference between good and bad fat sources. Healthy fat sources include real butter, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil, nut butters, and cream. Fats you should avoid include trans fats (partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil on the nutrition label), refined oils like canola oil, soybean oil, and vegetable oil, margarine, miracle whip, Cool Whip, among others. These types of fats do cause damage and inflammation.

What are your thoughts on fat in a diet?

 

About the Author

Tess Moody is the nutritional nerd publisher (and health coach in training) over at WhereTessLives.com. It is her passion to help everyone find their balance with food and health.

20 Comments
  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 24, 2015

    I definitely get my fair share of fat. Plus I am on vacation next week,s o we will be eating out all week.

  • Tess
    July 24, 2015

    Thanks for the opportunity to spread my knowledge of health to your readers! : )

  • Sarah Bailey
    July 24, 2015

    This is really interesting, its amazing how we can sometimes look at things the wrong way. x

  • PAm
    July 24, 2015

    I eat a lot of avocados. I didn’t know that fat helped make you feel full.

  • Catherine S
    July 24, 2015

    This is great information. I didn’t know that fat could help with inflammation.

  • Amber NElson
    July 24, 2015

    Everything in moderation is my motto! Nothing wrong with fat!

  • Jeanine
    July 24, 2015

    Yeah, I don’t enjoy fat but I do. It’s a lose/lose I guess but whatever. I don’t think about it too much. I just try to eat right most of the time, and indulge when I feel like it!

  • Liz Mays
    July 24, 2015

    I’m definitely trying to be more aware of good fats and bad fats in my diet. The fact that the FDA ruled that trans fats have to be phased out of U.S. foods by 2018 will help a lot.

  • Toughcookiemommy
    July 24, 2015

    I didn’t know that fat helps to reduce inflammation. Maybe I need to add more to my diet because I suffer from a lot of it, especially in my legs.

  • Dogvills
    July 25, 2015

    This is good information. I’m trying to eliminate the bad fats and replace them with good fats.

  • Life as a Convert
    July 25, 2015

    It’s crazy how some people will try to stay away from all fats because they think it is so unhealthy, but in reality there are many healthy fats. In moderation, all natural foods (and fats) can be good.

  • veronica
    July 25, 2015

    I love this post, because there are good fats that our bodies need to fully function and be healthy

  • Jennifer Wiliams
    July 25, 2015

    Fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet. You just have to find the healthy fats. Find balance in everything you eat and moderation.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    July 26, 2015

    There is good fat and bad fat. Another benefit of having fat (the good one) in the diet is because we need it for our body to make the hormones we need. I love coconut oil. It has so many uses and it is definitely healthy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Paula Schuck
    July 26, 2015

    I didn’t know that fat was so essential! The note at the end was also a good reminder.

  • Rosey
    July 26, 2015

    I was aware… I am glad you’re sharing the message. There are so many things out there that the truth sometimes gets lost when it comes to what we should or should not eat.

  • Lisa Rios
    July 26, 2015

    Very useful and informative post indeed. Most of the people are avoiding fat foods to get rid of obesity issue. But they never realize the issues in avoiding such kind of fat foods as they loss more essential nutrients. Thanks a lot for spreading awareness on this health issue.

  • Janell - Saving You Dinero
    July 26, 2015

    I do believe that fats are good for us. But just like everything else – you need to eat it in moderation.

  • Megan Chamberlin
    July 28, 2015

    Agree whole heartedly! My hubby and I just started a new protein and fat rich health plan, and it has been amazing! Less sugar, and the weight is finally slipping off after two babies!

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