NUTRITION WHY’S #15: WHY YOU NEED FATS – BUT NOT TOO MUCH! Today I am starting a new series on FATS in the diet and in your BODY.

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NUTRITION WHY’S #15: WHY YOU NEED FATS – BUT NOT TOO MUCH! Today I am starting a new series on FATS in the diet and in your BODY. There are two fatty acids we don’t make in our body called linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid, and linoleic acid an omega-6 fatty acid. I call these “BARELY ESSENTIAL”, because you only need them in very small amounts of 5% to 10% of the calories in your diet. In the last 40 years, I have not seen anyone with a working gastrointestinal tract with fatty acid deficiency! What I see all the time are people getting way too much omega-6 from corn oil, cookies, cakes, pastries, and proceeded snack foods with hidden fat. Fat has 9 calories per gram while protein and carbs have only 4 calories per gram. So too much will make you fat and your body fat stores the types of fat you eat. You cannot go on a zero fat diet or much below 20% of calories without sacrificing taste. Fats concentrate tastes and keep cooked foods warm. Fats halp absorb vitamins, minerals, and some Phytonutrients that are fat soluble such as lycopene from tomatoes, beta carotene from carrots, and lutein from spinach. Having a healthy balance of omega-3 fats from fish and fish oil supplements and reducing omega-6 from snack foods and vegetable oils supports your immune system. Fats also support healthy skin, vision, and even your brain which is made up of fats. During exercise most of the calories you burn come from fat, and I will tell you how to maximize your fat burning during a workout. So stay tuned as we explore the most misunderstood of the macronutrients!! #drdavidheber #fats #taste #fattyacids #fatburn #diets #skincare to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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