Fats are frequently considered as a cause of rising obesity rates, making many people think they need to avoid fat. However, we must realise that there are two main categories of fatty acids – saturated and unsaturated. Broadly speaking, unsaturated fatty acids are good fats, while saturated fatty acids must be consumed in moderation because they raise the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Fats are important in your diet for a number of reasons:
- Fats provide our bodies with energy.
- It also provides insulation for body temperature regulation by filling up your body’s adipose tissue.
- The essential fatty acids in fats also play a role in brain development, blood clotting and managing inflammation.
Our bodies can’t make certain essential fatty acids, hence it relies on our diet to provide them. Following are the best sources of good fats:
- Olive oil, clarified butter, ghee
- Fatty fish like Salmon, Tuna etc
- Nuts such as Almonds and Walnuts
- Dark Chocolate
All of the above must be consumed in limited quantities.
Cheers to your good health:)