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- The outer layer of every cell in your body is constructed from fats. This cell membrane controls the entry of nutrients into the cell and the exit of waste products out of the cell, affecting your health on a second by second basis.
- The brain is constructed of 60% fat and 25% cholesterol. Deficiencies in fat intake can cause cognitive issues.
- Fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) require fat for proper absorption. Many of these fat soluble vitamins act as antioxidants, preventing degeneration of bodily tissues. Full absorption of the vitamins in vegetables requires eating them in combination with fat and fat makes food taste good.
- Hormones controlling sexual function and managing inflammation are constructed from fats and cholesterol.
- Fat provides long burning energy and signals the brain to shut off appetite. When consumed with carbohydrates it slows their absorption reducing blood sugar levels and preventing carb cravings. When carbs are not available fat storage provides fuel to keep the body running.
- Fatty acids are the heart's main source of fuel
- Fat is essential to the production of bile. Bile is essential to the absorption of fat and plays a critical role in keeping the bowels regular.
- Fat cushions and insulates vital internal organs.
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