Fats are an essential macro-nutrient for health and energy. Here we help you understand its role, and fat types you should be focusing on in your diet.
The role of fat
Fat is the body's main energy source for low-intensity activity.
Fat helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K) and supports the building and maintenance of cells.
Fat is the most energy dense nutrient providing 9 kcal (calories) per gram - which can help support the higher energy needs.
However, not all fat sources are created equal.
The different fat types
Unsaturated fats include:
1) monounsaturated and
2) polyunsaturated (e.g. omega 3) fats should be prioritised, as they may support cognitive function, heart health, and muscle recovery.
Saturated fats can raise cholesterol and should be reduced or replaced with unsaturated fats.
Trans fats should be avoided, as they can increase harmful LDL cholesterol build-up and inflammation.
We have grouped different fat sources in the images below. Understand how you can fuel your day with mono, poly, trans and saturated fats.
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