The “fat-free” craze has done nothing except make people fatter, less intelligent, age more quickly, less healthy, more prone to depression, and more likely to get cancer and heart disease.
Let’s take a look at what the proper fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, do for you:
1. Poly-unsaturated fats help you lose fat because they promote the growth of lean tissue and the more muscle you have the more fat you burn. Saturated and Trans Fats make you fat, particularly by adding fat to your middle section. Be sure to eat polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats everyday.
2. Polyunsaturated fats are great for mental clarity, concentration, and focus. Also, about 60 percent of your brain matter is made up of fats that create all the cell membranes in your body. If your diet is full of bad fats, your brain can only make low-quality cell membranes that don’t work properly; if your diet consists of the essential, good fats, your brain cells can manufacture higher-quality cell membranes.
3. Unsaturated fats are critical to keep your skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking because they help produce the skin’s natural oil barrier,. If you are not getting enough Essential Fatty Acids in your diet, your skin may be dry, inflamed, and prone to whiteheads and blackheads. Research shows that EFAs may not only reduce sun sensitivity in those with photodermatitis, they may also diminish the inflammation that comes with acne. Psoriasis treatment that included medication and EFA supplementation was more successful than treatment with medication alone.
4. EFAs keep you healthy and help protect you from heart disease and stroke. Evidence also suggests they have similar benefits against autoimmune diseases such as lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis. They’re vital to blood clotting, muscle contraction and relaxation, and inflammation and they help improve your cholesterol AND they also lower triglycerides.
5. Unsaturated fats keep you happy as studies show that they appear to have a protective effect and lower depression risk, new research suggests. On the other hand, diets high in saturated fats tend to increase the risk for depression.
6. EFAs protect you against cancer and heart disease. Colon, breast, and prostate cancers have all been linked with low consumption of essential fatty acids. Research has shown that a high intake of omega-3s slows prostate tumor and cancer cell growth, as well.
Essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3s, can elevate HDL (which protects us against heart disease), improve cholesterol levels and protect the heart.
Now go get yourself some fat!