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Benefits of Fat

For decades fat has been the three letter word that has demonized communities and families. Jumping on the scale is generally a stressful, anxiety driving activity for many of us. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way. Did you know there is a healthy amount of fat for your body and it does have benefits?

Fat Stores Energy

Oh yes, energy. As people age, having the energy reserves are beneficial according to Dain LaRoche, a kinesiologist and associate professor at the University of New Hampshire. It all starts with the “low fat/no fat” diets – you are missing out on important nutrients that reduce inflammation, clot blood, and keeping your skin healthy while strengthening your bones. Having fat reserves assists cancer patients who find themselves losing weight and becoming frail during the advanced stages of the disease.

Good for Vitamins

Those vitamins that we’ve been told that we need to keep up, some of them are only fat-soluble meaning they’re only absorbed in the body’s fat tissue. Simple – you need the fat tissue to make these vitamins (A, E, D, and K) be effective. When you cut fat out of your diet, your body cannot work at its fullest function. Now I’m not talking about doughnuts and tamales but good fats like milk products, cold-water fish (salmon, trout), avocados to name a few.

Protect the body from trauma

There is just simple cushion around your organs. This comes in with visceral fat and provides the padding and source of energy for the kidneys, liver, and heart. Just think of the pounding athletes in contact sports when they’re competing and training. This fat comes in handy and for you as well – bumps and falls will happen.

This article was originally published in the June 2017 issue of The Bingo Nugget.

 

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