Your body needs a certain amount of fat for good health, including an effective immune system, healthy skin, blood clotting, and even the health of your nervous system. They play a major role in the formation of hormones. They are important building blocks for normal growth and energy.
The fats that play these crucial roles are called essential fatty acids, specifically, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Most of us meet our need for omega-6 fats but fall short on getting enough omega-3’s. Some research suggests that certain chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and even arthritis may be linked to a diet deficient in omega-3 essential fats.
Eating fish at least once a week supplies essential omega-3 fats, as does snacking on nuts, especially raw almonds and walnuts. Every day you need about 5 to 8 grams of essential fats. Just 45 to 72 calories worth. There’s little worry about essential fatty acids being deposited as fat. Your body is much more likely to store carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, as fat.
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