Type of Fats and Their Role in Human Body

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It may come as a surprise to so many of you but the reality is that fats can be good for your body. Actually, your body require some of the fats on regular basis in order to function properly. The two main category of fats are-saturated and unsaturated. 

Unsaturated fats are good and one can consume them in ample quality however, it is very important to keep a tight eye on the intake of saturated fats. Saturated fats can raise the level of very harmful cholesterol in your blood which will lead to so many heart problems.

PUFA (Poly-unsaturated fatty acids), MUFA (Mono-unsaturated fatty acids), omega 6 (LA-Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid) and omega 3 (ALA-a Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid) are good facts which should be given to the body in ample amount. However, SAFA (saturated fatty acids) and TFA (trans fatty acids) should be taken in limit by the body.

Just because of the concern of good and bad fats, people are preferring margarine over butter because margarine contains good fats and they make your body lean and healthy. 

LA and ALA fatty acids are known as essential for the body because our body require them on regular basis but at the same point of time, it cannot produce them and hence it is to be taken in the diet. LA and ALA provides following functions in our body-

  • These essential fats are the structural components of our body and they are responsible for the growth and renewal of cell membranes. Without this essential fat, our body cannot function properly. Brain, retina and some of the body parts which needs these tissues on priority basis in order to function properly.
  • Unsaturated fats also provide flexibility to cell membranes hence, they should be taken in ample quantity in order to make sure that membrane bound enzymes and receptors function properly in our body.
  • LA and ALA plays very important role in the growth and development of the children. It is vital to give them in their growing years. A simple switch from butter to margarine can do the job for you.
  • Last but not the least, essential fatty acids can help in maintaining the normal blood cholesterol concentrations of the body. In old age, it is very vital to maintain this level in order to avoid heart diseases.

Even the importance of LA and ALA has been proven by the science. There was a debate between butter vs. margarine and it is very clear from the above given facts that margarine is good for health as it contains all the elements which are required by our body to stay fit and lean.

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