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8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Fear Fat

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For years, fat was the scourge of the dietary universe. An entire generation of overweight people trained themselves to excise all fat from their diet in hope of slimming down. The food industry was all too happy to roll out new kinds of “low fat” and “fat free” products to meet this demand. As we’ve known for some time now, however, the fat content of our favorite foods is not necessarily to blame for the obesity epidemic. Fat, at least sensible amounts of the right types, is an important part of any healthy diet. Here is a primer on why you shouldn’t fear fat in your diet…

 

1. Energy Production

Fat is a crucial component of the energy mix, alongside protein and carbohydrates. What many people fail to realize is that fat is actually the most efficient of the three when it comes to providing your body with energy. According to health professionals at UCLA, for every gram of fat the body takes in, 9-calories of energy are produced, while carbohydrates and proteins only produce about 4-calories per gram consumed.

So by skipping fat, you’ll have to consume more calories, usually in the form of carbs, to produce the same amount of energy. This is the classic trap that many “Low Fat” dieters find themselves in. Despite all their efforts to consume less fat, they do not lose weight or improve their health.

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