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Facts on Fat


Facts on Fat

Many of us see fats and oils as the main culprit in weight gain leading to obesity. The first thought that crosses our minds when we want to improve our diet is to reduce our fat consumption. We tend to be more liberal with the quantity of fat we give children, but pay scant attention to the type of fat. This article aims to dispel the popular myth that “Fats are bad for health” and stresses that equal attention, if not more, should be given to the type of fat we use rather than just the amount of fat – quality vs. quantity!

It is important to understand the types of fats and their sources. Some fats are harmful for health, some not so bad and some are actually good for health! Fats are classified into good or bad depending on how they affect our cholesterol levels, both good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).

All of us need fat

Facts on Fat

  • Fat gives us double the calories per gram (9 kcal/gm) compared to proteins or carbohydrates, making it the highest source of energy. Fat is therefore very important for young children as it can increase the energy density of a small meal.
  • The body has the ability to make the fat it needs, except for two types which haveto be necessarily obtained from the foods we eat. These fats are not surprisingly called “essential fatty acids,” or more commonly omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fats act as base material and help the body make longer chain omega 3 fatty acids like DHA, required for cardiovascular health.
  • Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are important for healthy eyesight, skin, and bone development in children. As the name suggests, these need fat tobe absorbed in the body, and a lowfat diet can result in intake gaps or deficiency of these vitamins.
  • Lastly, fat provides our food with the texture, flavour and taste that all of us and especially children enjoy!



Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6)

  • help in normal cell functioning and keep body cells flexible so nutrients and waste can be transported in and out of the cell.
  • favourably influence cholesterol levels (increasingly a problem among urban Indian children and teens).

Facts on FatKnow the fats
It is important to understand the types of fats and their sources. Some fats are harmful for health, some not so bad and some are actually good for health! Fats are classified into good or bad depending on how they affect our cholesterol levels, both good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).

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