Why do we need fat in our diet: Too much dietary fat causes many health problems. However, it is important to have some fat in your diet; about 20 to 35 percent of your calories should come from a variety and balance of healthy fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats).
Healthy fats are used by your body in several ways:
- Fat provides a highly-concentrated form of energy. One gram of fat gives you nine calories of energy, which is over twice that provided by carbohydrates or protein.
- Fat enables your body to transport, store and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. An absence of fat may mean a deficiency in these vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins help to regulate blood pressure, heart rate, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and the nervous system.
- Fat provides insulation and a protective cover for vital organs. In an average adult, as much as 9 lbs of fat is found around the liver, heart, kidneys and other organs.
- Essential fatty acids from omega-3 and omega-6 fats cannot be made by your body, and therefore they must be supplied through your diet. Dull, lifeless hair and dry skin can be a sign that you may not be getting enough of these fats.
And of course, fat adds extra flavor, aroma, and texture to food, which is perhaps why we so often and too easily eat too much of it. Remember to limit your fat intake to 20 to 35 percent of your calories and to choose “good” fats whenever possible.
This is Chester. When I was in Afghanistan I got a care package from one of those “Adopt a Soldier” programs that lets families send care packages to service men and women who are deployed overseas. Anyway, I got this care package, and it came with the usual stuff: Baby wipes, crackers, peanut butter, the Dad threw in a pack of cigarettes, and there was some jerky. But there was also a little beanie baby gold fish and a hand written note from a 7 year old girl that said
“Dear Soldier, (I wasn’t even mad)
I hope you are doing well. I’m sorry you have to miss thanksgiving with your family. This is my friend Chester. He keeps me safe from monsters, but I think you need him more than I do. I hope he keeps you safe from the monsters you’re fighting. Take good care of him for me”.
You bet your ass that little fish was in my pocket every time I went on patrol.
I don’t have dogs, I have giant water rats
Always sleeping 😴😴❤️
Missing my family’s brownstone 😪
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