Lipids (or fats) are the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. One gram of fat yields approximately nine calories, more than twice the calorie per gram of carbohydrates or protein. In addition to providing energy, fats act as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Here are some important fat facts:
- Work to help balance hormones
- Regulation and excretion of nutrients in the cells
- Protects and holds organs such as the liver, heart and kidneys in place
- Insulates the body from environmental temperature changes and preserves body heat
- Prolongs digestive process, initiating the release of the hormone cholecystkinin (CCK) which contributes to satiety.
The best way to balance fat intake is to include healthy fat foods into your diet. By consuming olive and canola oils, and cold water fish like salmon, you can prevent heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and cancer. Your body will be at optimum performance and health.