With all the weight loss fads and health kicks, we have become brainwashed that fat is bad, but that is not the case for all fats. Fat is imperative for our health and wellness.

Fat is responsible for transporting the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K) into and around your body.

Fat maintains healthy skin, proper eyesight, and brain development in babies and children.

Fat supplies your body with the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that your body cannot produce on its own. The EFAs are linoleic acid (Omega 6) and alpha-linoleic acid (Omega 3).

Dietary fat also helps your body feel full longer; for example, a handful of healthy nuts is capable of sustaining your hunger for a few hours.

Reducing fat intake does, in fact, reduce your calories, but if you are falling for all the “low-fat,” “fat-free,” or “reduced fat” items in the grocery store, you may be doing more harm than good. You can still gain weight eating carbs and proteins on a low-fat diet.

Many manufacturers of these low-fat products are merely replacing the fat with chemicals, sugars, or artificial flavoring to make it taste good. This may be more stressful to our body than the fat itself would have been.

It is essential, however, to obtain healthy fats for our body. A few examples would be olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, or omega-3 fats from fish.

Omega-3 fats lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides, slow arterial plaque developments, and reduce the likelihood of stroke and heart attacks.

Be sure and read the ingredients of the foods you purchase, avoid trans fats and hydrogenated oils, and supplement your body with healthy fats. Your body will thank you.