This is the recent twist to the on going war between fats and diets.
We have heard of repeated recommendations to reduce fats from the diet as they are harmful to health though tasty. However, I stumbled up on an article which spoke of the health benefits of having some fat with regular diet.
Fats, a Newly Discovered Role?
Fats are of different types including these familiar ones called trans fats, saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Saturated fats and trans fats are unhealthy, exposing you to a variety of medical conditions. Avoid trans fats and reduce the consumption of saturated fats for well being. But unsaturated fats are beneficial and required for the health functioning of body. They not only protect the body against cancer, heart disease and cholesterol but also ensure optimum absorption of vitamins. However, moderation is the key.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamins are either fat soluble or water soluble. Fat soluble vitamins are not used everyday and get stored in the liver and fatty tissues. They are removed from the body more slowly than water-soluble vitamins. The human body needs vitamins only in small amounts and they are toxic if taken in excess. Fat soluble vitamins include Vitamin A, D, E and K. Cooking does not destroy these vitamins.
Fats Crucial for Nutrient Absorption
Recent studies have affirmed the suspicion of scientists. They found that in order for the carotenoids (lutein, lycopene, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin) get absorbed and used by the body a small amount of dietary fat was required. Carotenoids are present in vegetables like sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, kale, broccoli etc. The scientists surprise us by recommending full fat dairy (in limits) to aid nutrient absorption. They point out that compared to those who consumed trans fats and low fat diets, those who took unsaturated fats were at a greater advantage. Full fat dairy in combination with carotenoids were found to be supportive of heart health and general well being. Hence they advise a beneficial package with adequate servings of fruits, vegetables and full fat dairy!
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