Let`s get down to the basics of nutrition for health purposes, which unlike its fitness counterpart, contain enhance number of factors and is therefore vastly complicated.
Starting off with our main macro-nutrients:
Today`s blog, will solely focus on fats; highlighting Fat's purposes within the body such as body's energy reserves, and lining them with stored fat insulation. Therefore, protecting vital organs and fat also plays a key role in transporting vital vitamins around the body.
On a daily basic, the recommended consumption of fat should be between 20-35% of a person caloric intake. With this in mine, no more than 10% should come from Saturated Fats (coconut and palm kernel oil, butter, cream cheese, full fat dairy products). In addition, for every one gram of fat is the equivalent of 9 calories.
So why should one avoid and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats in contrast to polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats? This in mainly because saturated and trans hydrogenated fats are known to contribute to high blood pressure (>140mmHg/>90mmHg) and raise cholesterol levels which both are independent contributors to coronary heart disease.
Moreover, polyunsaturated fats are essential fats and are required for normal body functions and you can only consume them from the food you eat as your body can not actually make them. Furthermore, Polyunsaturated fats build cell membranes as well as the covering layer of your nerve cells. In addition, polyunsaturated fats assists with helping the body with blood clotting, inflammation and muscle movement.
Likewise, monounsaturated fats assist with lowering normalizing cholesterol levels and reducing the risk heart disease.
In conclusion, sums up one of the three macro-nutrients that we daily consume, which is very influential in terms of our health. On that note, we wish wish you a happy and productive rest of your day. 💪
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