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Anything remotely connected to fats – oils, red meat, dairy products become our number one enemy when we try to lose weight. Of course, what else can stop us from having a chiselled body, hourglass figure and look drop dead gorgeous? Fat has a bad reputation for sure but it is not all that bad. While, excess fat can do you harm, here is why your body needs them more than you think.
They help in brain development: Polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega 3, omega 6 and DHA help in brain development and delays premature ageing. A study published in the Journal of Developmental Neuroscience states that lack of essential fatty acids can also lead to membrane loss and structural changed in the brain. Diets rich in essential fatty acids help improve conditions such as bipolar disorders, depression and other mental conditions.
They save you from heart disease: Did you know omega-3 fatty acids and DHA from fish can act as a secondary prevention to save you from heart diseases and cardiovascular risk. A study published in the journal Food & Function states that eating two servings of an oily fish at least twice a week can keep your heart healthy. Fish lovers rejoice!
They improve immunity: Following a low-fat diet could put you at risk of autoimmune diseases suggest some studies. According to a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, experiments done in animals have shown that lack of essential fatty acids can in a way affect one's immunity. Lack of essential fatty acids can lead to inflammation and various infections.
They prevent cancerous growth: Studies done on mice and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicate that diet high in essential fatty acids particularly omega-3 fatty acids prevent breast cancer cell growth and metastases.
They help in conception: Not only in women, lack of adequate fats in the diet can affect male fertility too. While obesity is a major cause of infertility, eating the right fats can help boost sperm health and improve chances of fertility. In fact, a report published by the Department of Health, UK states that essential fats can help improve ovulation, sperm production and hence increase chances of conception.
They help in muscle development: While protein is essential for developing muscle mass, but it is fat, that helps to keep them intact. The loss of muscle mass that happens due to age can be prevented by the right intake of essential fatty acids through diet.