The title of this article implies there is going to be a discussion around the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ types of fats that should, or shouldn’t be in your diet.
The REAL purpose of this article is to show that every naturally occurring fat has a place in your body’s daily functions, and that ‘good’ or ‘bad’ are more social constructs than truth in reference to actual harmful impacts that a given food can illicit when talking about naturally occurring fats.
The Skinny on Fats:
Now the reason I said before that there is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ fats is because all naturally occurring fats serve a purpose in the body! Whether it is a saturated fat, a mono or poly-unsaturated fat, lipoeic or linoeic essential fatty acid chain, or omega 3,6 or 9, all fats have a place in the human body.
Fats are actually integral elements of our bodies.
In fact, they are so important, they are actually the biological ‘glue’ that holds our cells together.
Lipids (fancy words for fats) are responsible for giving our cellular walls structural integrity and in so doing, are pretty much the single most important piece in our anatomical puzzle. They work as a sort of border patrol, allowing hormones, nutrient etc to pass through the wall and illicit activity within the cell.
Now this is where artificial fats like vegetable oils, hydrogenated fats and blended oils DO have a negative impact. The ingestion of these types of fats can harden the cell membranes, blocking the passage of the afore mentioned hormones and nutrients and cause health complications in a chronic setting.
So there is a reason every sound nutritional plan on the planet has all 3 macronutrients and not just protein and carbs!
So for the purpose of debunking the myth that certain fats are bad fats to be avoided, I will make it abundantly clear that there are no naturally occurring ‘bad’ fats only the artificial types such as hydrogenated fats that can have deleterious affects.
So now we know all naturally occurring fats serve a purpose in the body, it is just a case of including variety of them in sensible amounts to match their function in the body.
So let’s look at the major functions of fats in the body, and some ideal dietary sources to make the implementation into your diet plan all the easier process!
- Brain Function
- Hormonal Production
- Regulate Core temperature
- Cushion Organs
- Energy Storage
- Energy Source
Now several of these are rudimentary functions that I will not go in to a great deal of depth on for the purpose of this article. They are all essential for healthy functioning but they are also more widely known functions on dietary fats.
For example, it is fairly common knowledge that fats such as the Omega groups and Linoelic/ Alpha Lipoelic Essential Fatty Acids are essential for brain function, they regulate inflammatory processes in the body and assist in energy production. Many already supplement with an Omega 3 supplement such as fish oil for this reason.
The key function of dietary fats that I wanted to focus on for the purpose of this article however will be hormonal production. This is the less commonly understood function of dietary fats