Fats Don’t Make You Fat

fats don't make you fat

The mainstream media may tell you differently, but I’m here to assure you that dietary fats do not make you fat! How is your relationship with dietary fats? Do you opt for low-fat options thinking they are better for your health? I’m here to burst that nutritional bubble – I know, I just can’t stop.

Unfortunately fats got a bit of a bad rap for a while (a long while!) and they are still trying to make a comeback…with a little help from us in the nutrition world who are championing them in their whole, unaltered form! 

Fats are incredibly nutrient dense + wonderful for our health, so what do we need them for? 

HORMONES. Cholesterol is the building block of our sex hormones. This is one of the reasons why women who follow a very low fat diet can lose their period.  

CELLULAR INTEGRITY. Fats are required for membranes of cells, and thus are essential for cellular communication. 

BRAIN FUNCTION. The brain is rich in Arachidonic Acid and DHA (won’t try to spell that one!) + research has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids can be beneficial for mental health and cognition.  

ABSORPTION. Dietary fat is required for the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E and K.  

You can see they are pretty essential to us feeling full of vitality in our everyday lives. Let’s not fear fat friends! 

Stay tuned for my next post on fats where I’ll breakdown the different types of + how to cook with them to minimise damage + oxidation. 

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