Fats! Just the mere thought of this word sends chills down the spine of many ... but the truth of the matter is, that our body need fats or oils (that is, fats in the liquid form).
As much as some hate to admit, fats is one of the essential nutrients our body need!
Why is fats or oils essential to our body?
Here are some of the reasons:
So, how then does Fats or Oils act as antioxidant?
It is when the fats or oils we consume, contains antioxidants that they become Antioxidant Oils/Fats. Hence, the antioxidant health benefits of the oils depends on what the oil is derived from.
That said, fats/oils itself has nutritional values and health
benefits (and is essential to our health!), as stated above, but additionally has
antioxidant values when they are produced/derived from ingredients that has antioxidant nutrient.
Generally speaking, those that the body produces will not have antioxidant nutrient. This is one example, where antioxidants, needs to be obtained from diets and/or supplements.
Fats found in our body - namely the "lipids":
1. Triglycerides (= the fat we know)
3. Sterols (example is the “cholesterol” - Triglyceride’s infamous cousin)
Whether they are good or bad oils, is not judged by their degree of saturation.
Some fats are produced by the body - such as cholesterol.
Some must be obtained from the diets - such as polyunsaturated fats, Omega 3.
Fats consumption for a healthy adult, is recommended to be up to 30% of total calories.
This just goes to show, how essential fat is to our body.
In any case, moderation is always key, and one must know how one's body respond to fats/oils in take and adjust the "standard recommendation" accordingly.
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