Fat has received so much "bad press" in the media that we sometimes
forget that it is an essential part of our healthy diet. Fat helps
maintain our body's temperature, protect the organs inside our
body from injury, and help our body absorb vitamins A, D, E and
K from our food. Our body uses fat for many things, such as to make
new cells and hormones. Fat is also an important source of energy
for our body.
Unfortunately, many of us are eating too much fat. This is not
good for our waistline, as one gram of fat contains 2¼ the amount
of calories present in one gram of carbohydrate or protein. Moreover,
fatty foods, which contain saturated and trans fatty acids, can
cause our cholesterol level to go up and increase our risk of getting
Therefore, we should limit our intake of foods that are high in
fat. Here are some tips to help you get started.