Despite what you may have heard, fat is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet and has many important functions in the body. Apart from being a valuable source of energy, it also helps you absorb certain vitamins and minerals, it’s needed to build cell membranes and the sheaths surrounding nerves, it’s essential to blood clotting, it’s required for the manufacture of certain hormones, and it’s vital to the health of your skin, joints, muscles, bones, and much more.
And on top of all that, having sufficient fat in your diet is essential for optimal muscle growth as well.
Fats are made up of fatty acids attached to a glycerol molecule. And fatty acids are basically chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached to them. But some fats are more beneficial than others, of course. So in this article, I’ll describe the four different types of dietary fat – the good fats, the bad fats and those that fall somewhere in between. Continue Reading →