4 Reasons Not To Eat Low-Fat Products

Date February 9, 2018

Fats are actually important components of food along with proteins and carbohydrates. They play a huge role in maintaining the energy balance of the body, regulating body weight, and absorbing vitamins, microelements, and other nutrients.

Besides, lipids participate in the regulation of body temperature, stimulate the immune defense of the body, serve as the structural material of cells and are engaged in hormone synthesis. However, today we are constantly confronted with information stating that fats lead to weight gain, and are the main source of all illnesses related to human health. Let's find out the risks of a low-fat diet.

1. Reduction of cognitive functions

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The brain is the main energy consumer in our body. Its normal functioning requires regular intake of fatty acids. According to scientific research, people with enough cholesterol in their diet better cope with cognitive tests than those who constantly avoid it.

So a low-fat diet will most probably worsen a person's working capacity and reduce concentration and attention. In addition, it negatively affects a person's abstract thinking and causes an unstable mood.

2. Disruption of hormonal balance

Cholesterol is a substance on the basis of which steroid hormones (female and male sex hormones and hormones of the adrenal glands) are synthesized. Besides, some lipids act as antioxidants and are the precursors of important neurotransmitters.

Studies show that a low-fat diet can lead to a disruption of the production of sex hormones, as well as menstrual cycle disorders and even the ability to become pregnant. According to some studies, the consumption of fatty dairy products reduces the risk of infertility.

3. Excess weight and obesity

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Obesity can be the result of limiting the amount of fat in the diet. It sounds paradoxical, doesn't it? A clinical study has shown that obese people who consume enough fat lose weight much faster than overweight people who are on a low-fat diet. Moreover, an adequate amount of fat in the diet contributes to the normalization of ghrelin and leptin (hormones of hunger and satiety, respectively) levels in the body.

4. Cardiovascular diseases

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Clinical studies confirm the positive effect of unsaturated fatty acids on the cardiovascular system. The consumption these fatty acids is associated with the normalization of the lipid profile, a decrease in blood pressure and the cholesterol level in the blood, as well as an increase in the sensitivity of tissues to insulin.

In addition, scientists found out that the Mediterranean diet, which has 30-35% of the daily calorie intake coming from fats, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Thus, quality nutrition has nothing to do with eliminating fat consumption. A diet balanced in all nutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) is a guarantee for healthy longevity!

Source: Draxe

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