New research has turned this nutritional nemesis into a must-eat. Think you have to go low fat? Not anymore!
Experts are getting off the “fat is evil” bandwagon – and we should, too – saying that the low-fat diet has backfired. According to Frank Hu, MD, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health “America’s obesity epidemic skyrocketed even while our fat intake went down.”
The Upside of Eating Fat
Fat is an essential nutrient, just like carbohydrates and protein. Our body requires fat for the following key functions:
- absorbing the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- fat is an important energy source
- fat is vital for keeping our skin and hair healthy and smooth