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It is Essential for Good Health to Eat Fatty Foods!
"Fats" refer to the class of nutrients known as lipids. The lipid family includes triglycerides (eg. fats and oils), phospholipids and sterols. It is only when people consume too much, too little or too much of some kinds of fats does poor health develop.
+ Provide an energy reserve when stored in the body’s fat tissue.
+ Insulate against temperature extremes.
+ Protect against shock.
+ Help the body use carbohydrate and protein efficiently.
Linoleic acid (omega 6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3) are essential fatty acids (EFA). They are ‘essential’ because the body can’t synthesise them on it’s own.
+ Serve as structural parts of cell membranes
+ Precursors to the fatty acids that make eicosanoids, which have a major role in blood pressure regulation, blood clot formation and the immune response to injury and infection amongst other things.
Some great sources of fatty acids include:
* oils (olive, peanut, etc)
* nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamia, etc).
* peanut butter
* seeds (sesame)
* fatty fish (salmon, tuna, etc)
- References: Understanding Nutrition: Australian and New Zealand Edition (Whitney, E et al 2011), Nutritional Sciences: From Fundamentals to Food (McGuire, M & Beerman, K 2011), Linus Pauling Institute (ww.lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/othernuts/omega3fa/)
For more information speak to a qualified health care practitioner.