Your body uses dietry fats to make tissue and manufacture hormones. Fat is higher in calories than the other nutrients we get from food and the body has a harder time digesting fats as it floats on top of the water in our bodies, however this does make you feel fuller for longer. Your body needs fat as is provides a source of stored energy, gives shape to your body, cushions your skin, acts as insulation and its a constituent of hormones such as vitamin D and bile.

Food contains three types of fats:

  1. Triglycerides, this type of fat is used to make tissue and is burned for energy
  2. Phospholipids, this fat is a transporter for ferrying hormones and vitamins around the body
  3. Sterols, this type of fat is a fat and alcohol component (vitamin D and testosterone is a sterol) 
There are also four types of fats:
  1. Saturated Fat - These solidify at room temperature, such as butter and coconut oil
  2. Monounsaturated Fats - This are liquid at room temperature and start to thicken when chilled, such as olive oil
  3. Polyunsaturated Fats - These types of fats remain liquid even when chilled, such as corn oil 
  4. Trans fats - these are artificial fats that are created to be used in processed foods to add flavour........yum?!?!?!?

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