Despite what many people may think, the truth is that fat becomes an essential nutrient essential for the proper functioning of our body .
Not in vain, they play - along with carbohydrates and proteins - a certainly essential role in our diet, given that they give us calories to the body, which eventually become energy .
Of course, not only is not worth any type of fat (that is, with any food that provides fat to our body), but it is essential moderate the consumption of fat .
Recommended daily fat intake
Fats should represent between approximately 30 and 35% of the recommended daily calories .
This means that, for a man with a normal constitution who is not following a diet of weight loss and therefore does not follow a low calorie diet, taking into account that of the 2,500 recommended calories per day, it could take around 750 calories from fat. While, for a woman who follows a diet of 2,000 calories, the amount of calories from fat would be 600.
But as we indicated before, it is not worth any type of fat, since on the one hand we can find the healthy fats (as is the case with unsaturated fats ), and on the other the most dangerous or harmful to our organism, such as Saturated fats and the so-called Trans fat (which should never be consumed).
But what are fats or lipids?
Fats (also known as lipids) are nutrients found in the food and food products we eat, and which our body uses to build cell membranes, hormones and nerve tissue .
Also, it is essential to bear in mind that Our body also uses fats as fuel or energy .
Therefore, we must bear in mind that fats are fundamental for the proper functioning of our body, but as long as these fats or lipids are healthy and their consumption is moderate.
How many calories does 1 gram of fat provide?
1 gram of fat contributes approximately 9 calories , more than 1 gram of protein (4 calories) and 1 gram of carbohydrates (3.7 calories).
What fats are healthier?
While it is true that it can be a "joy" to know that every day we must consume fats, we must take into account that it is not healthy to opt for any type of fat.
That is, it is not advisable to eat one or two sweets each day because our body must consume fats to function properly, because It is not worth any type of fat .
This means that the consumption of both healthy and unsaturated fats, such as the consumption of saturated fats, should always be moderate, and in moderation.
On the one hand, unsaturated fats are the most healthy because they help us maintain good cardiovascular health (we find them especially in olive oil, vegetables and fish ...).
But, on the other, we must not eliminate from our diet certain saturated fats that we find in such an essential food in our diet as meat is . Although we must moderate the consumption of meats and other foods rich in saturated fats, since a habitual consumption will lead to an increase in the levels of fats in blood (cholesterol and triglycerides).
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