Fat A Nutrition

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Just as carbohydrates are a source of energy fat is a source of energy. They belong to the group called lipids and can be in the form of a liquid or solid.

It is one of the major sources of nutrients. It provides the body with more calories than carbohydrates and proteins. It provides the body with acids and helps control inflammation among other things.

It provides storage for the extra calories consumed by your body and once filled can provide insulation for the body. Calories from this nutrient are used by the body for energy after calories from carbohydrates are used up.


Types

There are two types of fat that you need to be concerned which are saturated and unsaturated.

Saturated
This causes our cholesterol level to be raised. You should pay close attention to food labels and consume as little of it as possible. Some types of saturated foods are butter, whole milk, cheese, ice cream and some vegetable oils.

Unsaturated
This helps to lower your cholesterol. Two types of unsaturated nutrients are monounsaturated which includes olive oil, avocados, and nuts. The other type is called polyunsaturated which includes fish, sunflower and corn.


Tips

These are practical tips that you can implement if you need to have less of this nutrient in your diet.

  • Eat more foods high in protein such as fish, lean meat without skin and less whole milk. Instead opt for the 1% milk.

  • Consume low fat whole natural foods such as fruits and vegetables.

  • Eat whole grain and soluble fiber such as oats, beans and bran. rice.

  • Drastically cut fried foods and processed foods (canned and refined foods) from your diet.

  • Get in the habit of looking at food labels so that you know the content of foods.

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