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Why we need fats

Fats sometimes have a bad rep. Take us back a few years and reading that a type of food is high in fat would have you putting it back on the grocery shelf, never to be considered as a suitable food choice again.

But that’s where we were wrong. We really should love fats. Fats are important for our bodies for so many reasons – we need them to burn energy, absorb fat-soluble vitamins, improve our brain and heart function, plus they keep you fuller for longer (which means less temptation for those 3pm chocolate chip cookies in the office kitchen).

Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Michele Chevalley Hedge, recommends eating fats because “they are needed for our brain and nervous system, cell growth, structural components of the body and hormone production.”

To sum up the benefits of fats for our bodies, we’ve even listed them out for you:

  • Brain matter is about 60% fat – so we definitely need fats to think strategically.
  • Fats are good for your heart – it’s a pretty important organ to take care of.
  • Fats support cell growth and hormone production – including muscle growth for all those gains.
  • Fats help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, K and E – and all of these come with their own long lists of health benefits.
  • Fats help protect your organs – kinda need organs to survive.
  • Fats help maintain body temperature – if you don’t like sweating 24/7, this is definitely beneficial.
  • The body utilises fat as an energy source – more energy to train harder and perform better. Can’t complain with that.

So basically, whether your goal is fat loss, performance or muscle gain, fats are an important part of a healthy balanced diet. Although 5.4 meals are high in fat to achieve the right ratio of macronutrients, they are low in saturated fat. Every single meal hits the FSANZ’s standards for the declaration of low saturated fats (less than 1.5g/100g), which is essential for fast-tracking health results.

Michele continues on to say, “Sugar is the main offender when it comes to health. A low sugar meal plan is ideal for building lean muscle, balancing blood glucose levels, preventing insulin resistance, maintaining optimal weight, improving the immune system and gastrointestinal health.”

Because we want you to reach your goals, all of our meals are also super low in sugar and meet the FSANZ’s guidelines of less than 5g/100g of sugar. Plus, they still taste damn delicious – it’s pretty much magic.
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All this talk about macros still messing with your brain? Take it easy – our team of nutritionists and health professionals have worked out the ratio of eating right so you don’t have to stress about nutrition ⚖ Order now: www.fivepointfour.com.au

 

Michele Chevalley Hedge is a nutritionist, health writer and presenter.

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