Explore the Advantage of Fat

By no means are we encouraged to double our food fat.

An excess amount of poundage, even on so-called “healthy” obese adults, increases the risk of developing heart disease,
Too much fat is also linked to type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and certain cancers.

But … a healthy amount of fat on the body has its benefits.


1. Stores Energy

Fat serves an important role for storing energy. “Older people tend to lose weight in the later stages of life, so having those energy reserves is also aids cancer patients, who often lose weight and become frail during advanced stages of the disease.

2. Good for Vitamins

Our fat-soluble vitamins — A, E, D and K — are absorbed in the body’s fat tissue. If people cut out all the fat in their diet, they would be deficient in those vitamins, And it’s less about having the fat, and more about consuming foods that have fat. By eliminating foods with fat, you miss out on nutrients that play a role in reducing inflammation, clotting blood, keeping your skin healthy and strengthening bones. You cannot find these important vitamins in doughnuts, but you can in fortified milk products, cold-water fish, carrots, avocados and a host of other foods

3. Keeps us warm

In bone-chilling weather, the overweight dude has the advantage over the thin guy. Why? Fat is an insulator, so it’s like wearing an extra layer of clothing. When you’re exposed to extreme cold weather, fat retards heat loss. It’s an adaptive mechanism to help keep a core temperature, some studies have suggested that cold-water swimmers with a higher body mass index (BMI) have a lower risk of getting hypothermia.

4. Protects the body from trauma

Visceral fat (fat located around your organs) provides padding and a source of energy for the kidneys, liver and heart. Fat provides a layer of protection, almost like a barrier to physical trauma, Think of the pounding athletes in contact sports take when competing and training. Fat comes in handy for them, and it has for you with the bumps and falls you’ve taken over the years.

In conclusion, it is better to be fit than fat. “Everything in moderation, There are negative effects of having too little fat and negative effects of having too much fat.


Written by: Ruth Olusegun

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