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Making Fat Macronutrients Work For Your Overall Health

Our overall health is a definitively crucial component for wellbeing and quality of life. This much is certain. We live in a modern world where we are always becoming steadily more obsessed about our health, in all the best and brightest ways. The more awareness, the more knowledge that we gain about all things health, the more prominently we are focused on elevating our own health. This is becoming the case more and more often all the time. While most people are aware that diet plays a prominent role in overall health, there are those who do not necessarily understand the depths of nutritional value and all it makes possible and brings to an individual’s life. There are two types of nutrients that are important for the human body: micronutrients and macronutrients. Together, these two nutrition groups form the strong foundations of positive overall health, but just how important are they to peak overall health and wellbeing? In recent years, the body of research and subsequent studies have spoken volumes about the surging interest in these dietary components – and it is research that only continues to evolve and expand.

While micronutrients are responsible for the inclusion of minerals and vitamins in the body that are important for positive health but only necessary in small amounts (hence the term “micro”). Macronutrients, on the other hand, provide the body with energy (or calories). The body generally needs more of them (again, hence the term “macro”) to function and perform at its best. Macronutrients are an important fundamental contributor to positive overall health. With three represented food groups (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), there is no shortage of importance to overall body functions and performances within the three. One of those three represented food groups is fat macronutrients (the other two are carbohydrate macronutrients and protein macronutrients). Fat contains nine calories per gram. In this sense, fat macronutrients are the “heaviest” of the macronutrient groups.

Many people make the misguided (yet somewhat understandable) assumption that fat intake is often (if not always) tied to negative effects after the fact. However, fat macronutrients are important essentials for building up cells, muscle movement, and mineral and vitamin absorption for hormones. In the right servings, and in the right forms, fat macronutrients can be fantastic for the body. Unsaturated fats are obviously the fat macronutrients that are the healthiest for you. These include foods that have omega 3s present – like fish and flaxseeds, as well as monounsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados. These fat macronutrients can in fact help an individual with multiple health ailments, including blood sugar imbalance, risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and unhealthy effects on brain health. At the core of it all, fat macronutrients are essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and cell membrane and hormone production maintenance.  

The human body relies on dietary intake for quite a lot of its state of being. When you eat the right amount of healthy fat macronutrients, those fats are turned into either absorption for fat-soluble vitamins or a genuine active energy source. Without the healthy types of fats being an active and consistent part in the average individual’s dietary intake, the body would almost definitely become prone to various health issues. For this reason, fat macronutrients are a crucial dietary source of nutrients, as well as being one of the most heavily ingested. There is something powerful to be said about an individual that not only recognises this fact, but who takes consistent action to ensure that these healthy fats are an active part of their diet. We live in a world where people are becoming more and more invested in, and obsessed with, their health, and so understanding the depths of macronutrients like fat macronutrients literally can (and often does, in fact) make a world of difference in the wellbeing and quality of life an individual has.

A massive contributing factor to the quality and quantity of dietary intake is micronutrients and macronutrients. In the case of macronutrients, there is a lot to be said for adequately acknowledging and genuinely understanding the key role they play in dietary health. One of three food groups within the macronutrient family, fat macronutrients are the “heaviest” of the three macros, containing nine calories per gram. When an individual includes enough healthy fats in their diet, those fats are used to help one absorb fat-soluble vitamins. This provides the body with essential fatty acids and, in some cases, energy sources. The role that fat macronutrients play in the body’s overall health are important because they contain the building blocks that help the human body to build cells, muscle movement, and mineral and vitamin absorption, in addition to protecting against blood clots. At the end of the day, fat macronutrients are incredibly value to the body.

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