Fat was like carbs in the 70’s - the bad guy! It has since been revealed that fats are a major nutrient for body composition. Fat is used for so much in the body and therefore cutting it out is a big no-no. Like carbs, we just need to be accountable for how much we have.
Out of the 3 macronutrients, fat has the most roles within the body; not least does it serve as a carrier of fat soluble vitamins, it provides the human body with insulation and protects the internal organs as well as providing an energy source AND aiding in the formation of cells in the brain and spinal cord.
There are three primary types of fats.
- Saturated Fat - Meat, Eggs & dairy products
- Monosaturated Fat - Meat, olive oil & avocado
- Polyunsaturated Fat - Fish & plant oils
You regularly hear the term ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’ - the reality is that all fats are the same in terms of calories (1g Fat = 9kcal) and there is no scientific evidence that any one fat is better than the other. The only thing proven is a split across the 3 is the most optimum in terms of health.