There are many misconceptions and myths about fat. For years, fad diets, advertising and general health warnings painted it as the enemy. We were told that fat could lead to weight gain, heart disease and many other health issues.
But the truth about fat is a lot more complex. There are different types of fat and, while some of them are bad for us, others are good. And some are essential.
So, when it comes to making healthy choices, managing your health and eating well, it’s important to understand the truth about fats. Lucy Morgan, dietitian at AXA Health, helps clear things up and separates the myths from the facts to help you on the road to better health.
So, what’s the truth?
Firstly, fat shouldn’t be avoided. It’s an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fat is one of the three macronutrients that are essential for a balanced diet – the other two are protein and carbohydrates. Our bodies need fat for the absorption of certain vitamins and provide essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6.
So, fats are a fundamental component of our diets. But, as we’ve mentioned, there are different types of fat. And, while they’re all high in energy and have an identical calorie value of nine kcal per gram,1 not all fats are created equal.