Why is dietary fat important for you? How can you know if your hormones are in balance and you get all the needed fats, and enough of them but not too much? How can you eat, in practice, so that your food and fat intake is optimal?
Dietary fat has some key roles in your metabolism: fatty acids and triglycerides provide the structure of your plasma membranes, they regulate hormone functions, they help transport certain vitamins and minerals in your body and they act as the largest fuel deposit in the body. Some fats cannot be made by your body and must come from your diet.
Because dietary fat has these essential roles in your body we don’t recommend a low-fat diet for you. Dietary fat is very important for your overall health and performance!
Six key roles of dietary fat in your metabolism
Dietary fat has six roles in your body:
- dietary fat helps manufacture and balance your hormones
- fat helps transport the fat-soluble vitamins
- fat provides an important energy source for your body
- fat forms you brain and nervous system
- fat forms your cell membranes
- dietary fat provides two essential fatty acids that your body simply cannot make on its own: linoleic acid omega-6 fatty acid and linolenic acid omega-3 fatty acid.
However, your health is determined by the balance of fatty acids you consume. Health is about the balance of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Do you want to learn more?
How can you know if your hormones are in balance and you get all the needed fats, and enough of them but not too much? How can you eat, in practice, so that your food and fat intake is optimal?
// Love, your wellness coach Mirka