Define Fats

Define: Fats

Fats are nutrients that give you energy and help your body absorb fat-soluble such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. Fats are either saturated or unsaturated. Most foods you eat have both types. If you don’t burn enough energy, your fat will be stored in your body causing you to gain unnecessary weight.

  • Fats have 9 calories in each gram
  • Fats make up one of three classes of macronutrients including proteins and carbohydrates
  • Fat are also called “Lipids”

List of Healthy Fats

  • Avocados
  • Cheeses
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconuts and coconut oil
  • Edamame
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fatty fish (salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines, and herring)
  • Flaxseed
  • Nuts (all nuts)
  • Nut butters
  • Olives
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc)
  • Soybeans
  • Yogurt
  • Whole eggs

Related Definitions

Proteins

Proteins are made up of smaller units, called amino acids, and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs. They make up your hair, nails, bones, and muscles. Protein gives tissues and organs their shape and also helps organs to work efficiently.

Carbohydrates

Carbs or Carbohydrates are a type of macronutrient found in certain foods and drinks. Sugars, starches, and fiber are all forms of carbs. Your body needs these macronutrients to stay healthy. Carbs are refers to one of the three macronutrients. The other two are fat and protein.

Omega-3 fatty acids

An essential fatty acid found in fish oils, especially from salmon and other cold-water fish. Eating foods that are enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids acts to lower the levels of cholesterol and especially cholesterol LDL the “bad cholesterol” along with triglycerides.

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