Fat in Your Diet
It is estimated that most Canadians eat about 25% more fat than they need for a healthy diet. Fat has been getting a lot of bad press recently, and rightly so. It has been identified as a risk factor in a number of serious illnesses, and most Canadians eat too much of it. At the same time though, a certain amount of fat is essential. Fat is an important part of your diet.
Fat Has its Good Points...
One of the reasons people like fat so much - and eat so much of it - is that it makes food taste, feel; and smell good. Among its good points, fat:
- Supplies energy
- Aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
- Enables your brain and nerve signals to transmit normally
- Cushions your internal organs
- Helps maintain your body temperature
- Transports some vitamins
- Provides essential fatty acids
...and its Bad Points
The problem is that when you eat too much fat, certain problems may arise. For example, there's a greater risk that you might:
Gain too much weight
Fat is fattening. One gram has nine calories. Eat enough of it, and you may eventually fall out of your healthy weight range.
Heart disease or stroke
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada today, and a high fat diet has been identified as one of the factors that increases your risk of getting it.